Man Walks into a Pub

Man Walks into a Pub : A Sociable History of Beer

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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; and, of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket and a Canadian bloke who changed the drinking 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 pro-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".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 32mm | 339.99g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0330412205
  • 9780330412209
  • 82,204

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SECOND EDITION: Matured longer for a slightly thicker body and a hint of extra bitterness '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.' - Expressshow more

About Pete Brown

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.show more
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