Man Walks Into A Pub

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 32mm | 339.99g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0330412205
  • 9780330412209
  • 94,116

Table of contents

Section - i: Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements
Introduction - iii: Introduction `You should have seen us last night!'


Chapter - 1: `My liver is full of luck' The ancient history of beer drinking
Chapter - 2: `Pissing under the board as they sit' Two thousand years of British boozing
Chapter - 3: `An oblivion of care' The evolution of the pub
Chapter - 4: `The universal Cordial of the Populace' Science, fashion, and the birth of modern beer
Chapter - 5: `Those who are not singing are sprawling' Pubs in the nineteenth century
Chapter - 6: `The greatest of these deadly foes' The fight for the right to get tight
Chapter - 7: `All the culture that is most truly native' When people stopped going to the pub
Chapter - 8: `Keep the bar open, we'll be down in twenty minutes' The home front in World War II
Chapter - 9: `You will be crushed whether you like it or not' How Carling transformed the business of brewing and drinking
Chapter - 10: Saccharomyces carlsbergensis: How lager (eventually) conquered Britain
Chapter - 11: `A diet of Pot Noodles, Mother's Pride and Harp lager' Kegs, casks and the decline of bitter
Chapter - 12: `Drinking the advertising' The age of the mega-brands
Chapter - 13: `It was like anywhere and nowhere' The local goes national
Chapter - 14: `Haven't you got homes to go to?' A sort of epilogue


Chapter - iv: Further reading
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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.' - Express
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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.
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