Man Walks Into A Pub: A Sociable History of Beer (Fully Updated Second Edition)

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 11, 2011 - History - 400 pages
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It's an extraordinary tale of yeast-obsessed monks and teetotal prime ministers; of how pale ale fuelled an Empire and weak bitter won a world war; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket and a Canadian bloke who changed the dringking habits of a nation. It's also the story of the rise of the pub from humble origins through an epic, thousand-year struggle to survive misunderstanding, bad government and misguided commerce. The history of beer in Britain is a social history of the nation itself, full of catastrophe, heroism and an awful lot of hangovers.

'a pleasant antidote to more po-faced histories of beer' Guardian

'Like a good drinking companion, Brown tells a remarkable story: a stream of fascinating facts, etymologies and pub-related urban phenomena' TLS

'Packed with bar-room bet-winning facts and entertaining digressions, this is a book into which every pub-goer will want to dip.' Express


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From the long, tumultuous history of beer -- including a good stretch as essential daily nutrition -- the dizzying acquisitions of big business -- including the rise and fall of Stella -- the glimpse ... Read full review

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The ancient history of beer drinking
Pissing under the board as they sit
An oblivion of care
The universal Cordial of the Populace
Pubs in the nineteenth century
The greatest of these deadly foes
All the culture that is most truly native
You will be crushed whether you like it or not
Saccharomyces carlsbergensis
A diet of Pot Noodles Mothers Pride and Harp lager
Drinking the advertising
It was like anywhere and nowhere
Havent you got homes to go to?
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Keep the bar open well be down in twenty minutes

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About the author (2011)

Pete Brown was born in 1968 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Since 1991 he has worked in advertising, specializing in 'beer' accounts such as Heineken and Stella Artois. He has appeared regularly on television as a beer expert and writes for the beer industry press.

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