Brew Britannia: Errata

p2 — “Founded in 1780, after nearly 300 years Joule’s ceased brewing in 1974.” That is, of course, nearly 200 years.

p4 — “In 2012, for the first time since before the First World War, the number of breweries in Britain exceeded 1,000” — this should have been footnoted and made consistent with references elsewhere in the book. In this instance,  instead of the number of brewing licenses, we have referred to the number of brewing companies, which, according to the BBPA Statistical Handbook 2012, was 941 in 1920. Ron Pattinson also notes here that, in 1914, there were 1,111 breweries producing more than 1,000 barrels per year. We will aim, however, to correct this in future editions so that it reads, simply, “…for the first time since before the Second World War…”.

p25 — Though it sits near the boundary, “Nuneaton in the East Midlands” should nonetheless read “in the West Midlands”, as per p26.

p47 — ‘Friday, 7 September’ should be ‘Saturday, 7 September’.

p48 — “the Cambridge beer festival of October 1972” should read “Norwich beer festival of October 1972”, as per page 31.

p83 — even though we’ve got it right in the bibliography and footnotes, for some reason Tony Millns is here referred to as ‘Chris Millns’.

p126 — Andrew Campbell’s Book of Beer was not published in 1952 but in 1956, as per the bibliography.

p146 — “…restricting to 2,000 the number of tied pubs any single brewery or group could own…” is incorrect. This should read: “…requiring any brewery owning more than 2,000 pubs to dispose of half of the excess…”.

p156 — Anne Scullion is actually Ann (no E).

p186 and 191 — Bill Dwan didn’t found the Porterhouse chain; Dwan beers was an entirely separate concern. Brendan Dobbin installed breweries for both businesses at around the same time, but there is otherwise no connection.

p248 — Although David Bascombe was involved in organising the Birmingham Beer Bash, Daniel Brown’s reference was actually to David Shipman.

Bibliography — for reasons unknown, at the very last stage of production, years for books in the bibliography were truncated to read, e.g, “197” instead of “1977”. Here’s a corrected version of the bibliography as a PDF; it has also been fixed for the Kindle e-book version.

If you believe you’ve spotted any other errors (as opposed to differences of opinion) in Brew Britannia, email us at and we’ll look into it.