Even though it escaped into the wild a few weeks ago, this is still the official launch week for Brew Britannia, so we’re spending the week in and around London making various appearances:
- Tuesday 17 June — we’re at the Cambridge Brewhouse, King Street, Cambridge, from 6-9 pm — we’ll have books to sign, will be chatting beer, and have a reading ready in case the surging crowd demands it.
- On Friday 20 June, from 7-9 pm, we’ll be at the Kings Arms, Bethnal Green. Chatting, signing, reading — you get the idea by now.
There have been a couple more reviews since our last round-up, too:
- The Pub Curmudgeon — “…an excellent and enjoyable book which really is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the development of the specialist beer market in Britain over the past forty years.”
- Martyn ‘Zythophile’ Cornell — “Overall, Boak and Bailey have produced an excellent guide to the journey British beer has taken in the past half-century, well worth reading whether you lived through it or not, simply to understand where we are now.”
- Kiley Bense for Saveur magazine — “… for anyone interested in beer’s modern renaissance, it’s a quirky, comprehensive read, filled both with obscure information and more essential facts…”
UPDATE 23/06/2014: While we were away, a few more reviews arrived:
- Ron Pattinson liked it: “Well written – but I’d expect no less from them – and with loads of good stories about the individuals who drove the quest for better beer. It kept me entertained even while my arse was aching from hours of sitting.”
- Roger Protz said: “This is an exhilarating read, well researched, in the main objective, and encompassing the views of many important players in the great beer revival of the past 40 years.”
- Chris ‘Beer Diary’ Hall gave it the thumbs-up, saying: “It’s not just a great book, it’s an important one for the time we live in.”
- And Alan ‘A Good Beer Blog’ McLeod declared it a “superbly researched and deftly written history”.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Alan McLeod says:
— agoodbeerblog, Esq-ish., LLM, MM, BLT? (@agoodbeerblog) June 16, 2014
We’ve also been enjoying a steady flow of shots of the book in various states of completion from readers around the country and, indeed, the world, via Twitter. Here’s our favourite so far, from Steve ‘Beer Justice’ Williams: