Writing About Pubs

Last night we won a gold tankard from the British Guild of Beer Writers for writing about pubs.

Though we’ve yet to receive the post-mortem notes we assume this was pri­mar­i­ly for 20th Cen­tu­ry Pub which, in case you haven’t heard, is a 230-page run through how pubs have changed in the past cen­tu­ry or so.

Oscars™-style, we’d like take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank Jo Cope­stick and Tim Webb for tak­ing a punt on pub­lish­ing it, and Dale Tom­lin­son for his excel­lent work on the design.

We worked hard on it and would love peo­ple to read it. Please buy a copy, or ask your local library to get it in, or bor­row it from a mate, or dip into the copy on the shelf at the Drap­ers Arms. There’s even an extract here you can read for free.

As well as the book, though, we also sub­mit­ted:

We know that when this new cat­e­go­ry was announced there was some con­cern that, being spon­sored by the pro-pub cam­paign Long Live the Local, it might reward only cheer­ful­ly uncrit­i­cal writ­ing about pubs but we think our win proves that fear unfound­ed.

Now, per­haps for 2019, we’ll pull the bal­ance back from pubs to beer a bit.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have anoth­er think about that book on the his­to­ry of lager in Britain we’ve been want­i­ng to write for a few years. A tril­o­gy sounds quite good right now.