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Man Walks into a Pub : A Sociable History of Beer (Fully Updated Second Edition) - Pete Brown

Man Walks into a Pub

A Sociable History of Beer (Fully Updated Second Edition)

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780330412209
Number Of Pages: 400

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In "Man Walks into a Pub," Pete Brown takes us on a 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.

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

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: 'You should have seen us last night!'p. 1
'My liver is full of luck' The ancient history of beer drinkingp. 13
'Pissing under the board as they sit' Two thousand years of British boozingp. 28
'An oblivion of care' The evolution of the pubp. 56
'The universal Cordial of the Populace' Science, fashion, and the birth of modern beerp. 82
'Those who are not singing are sprawling' Pubs in the nineteenth centuryp. 108
'The greatest of these deadly foes' The fight for the right to get tightp. 125
'All the culture that is most truly native' When people stopped going to the pubp. 158
'Keep the bar open, we'll be down in twenty minutes' The home front in World War IIp. 188
'You will be crushed whether you like it or not' How Carling transformed the business of brewing and drinkingp. 217
Saccharomyces carlsbergensis: How lager (eventually) conquered Britainp. 237
'A diet of Pot Noodles, Mother's Pride and Harp lager' Kegs, casks and the decline of bitterp. 269
'Drinking the advertising' The age of the mega-brandsp. 294
'It was like anywhere and nowhere' The local goes nationalp. 333
'Haven't you got homes to go to?' A sort of epiloguep. 364
Further readingp. 371
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780330412209
ISBN-10: 0330412205
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Unabridged