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Man Walks into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer Paperback – Unabridged, June 1, 2004
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In Man Walks into a Pub, Pete Brown takes us on a well–lubricated journey through the amazing history of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night. It’s an extraordinary tale of yeast–obsessed monks and teetotaling prime ministers; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket, and a Canadian who changed the drinking habits of a nation. It’s also the story of the rise of the British pub, from humble origins through an epic, thousand–year struggle to survive bad government and misguided commerce. The history of beer in Britain is a social history of the nation itself, full of catastrophe, heroism, and, yes, hangovers.
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For anyone who has visited English pubs at different times this gives a wonderful accounting of the history and changes of both pub and beer over the millennium.
Read this over a pint or two!!