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Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in beer as a drinker, a retailer or a brewer. --John Cryne, former chairman, Campaign for Real Ale, London Drinker
This book is absolutely brilliantly revelatory ... the painstaking research that has gone into this work is phenomenal This is definitely a books that belongs on any beer-lover's bookshelf. It is a must read. --Brewsnews.com.au
A wonderful job of laying out the history of bitter, mild, porter and IPA based on research, not myth, and styles you may have only heard about such as Burton Ale and Stingo, as well as those news to me, such as Gale Ale. --beerwineandwhisky.com
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Even though I thought I knew most things about beer and brewing (and I've even written a book about beer myself - The Home Brewer's Recipe Database), I learned several new (to me) facts from reading this book. If asked, I'd have assumed that "Burton Ale" was a strong pale ale such as Inde Coope Burton Ale but this book shows that I'd have been wrong. Not only is Burton Ale a stronger, darker brew than any pale ale but I've actually drank several examples of the style and thoroughly enjoyed them!
Martyn also dispels some often-repeated myths about the origins of Porter, IPA and other styles. This is very refreshing (pun intended). It is perhaps not surprising that many changes in brewing practice were driven by changes in government tax legislation.
The chapter on use of herbs in brewing is fascinating - I never realised how many of the weeds growing my garden contained hallucinogens! These probably added to the experience of drinking ales brewing using them during history. Brewers probably didn't stop brewing with herbs because of any issues with beer quality - it was because it was banned by the government. Hops were taxed, herbs weren't.
Although this book is focussed on British brewing history, there are some connection with other country's beers.Read more ›
I do not rate beers, not make them, but I love learning about various ideas and stories. This book is a definite reference material guide that you can read a chapter at a time, and ultimately learn about the basic mechanics of beers we drink.
Cornell is one of the key beer writers of our time and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend spending the $10 on book that you can refer back to when required. I referenced this book in writing my own e-book on Craft Beer Trends.
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Nicely written and it seems well researched. I only gave it four stars because it uses no type of citations, so you have no way of knowing exactly where he got his wealth of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by History grad
I wasn't sure of what to expect from Martyn Cornell's "Amber, Gold & Black" but I was pleasantly surprised! Read morePublished 22 months ago by NeroFiddled
This is a very thorough volume on British beer styles. Although dense with names and a bit dry (at times), the book is great for those seeking a deeper knowledge of what they are... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Mac