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.