Man Walks into a Pub : A Sociable History of Beer, Paperback

Man Walks into a Pub : A Sociable History of Beer Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780330412209



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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 of our minds on ads, and governments' and 'concerned' groups' attempts to fit beer in our lives, I was hooked on Brown's latest edition.His writing strikes that often difficult balance between entertaining and engaging, and informative. While I've obviously embraced this wondrously varied beer culture since moving to Britain a few years ago, I would like to think Man Walks Into A Pub has something for just about everyone (even if they need to skip ahead a few sections every now and then).

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A conversational history of beer by my favourite beer writer.

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