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:
- our piece for All About Beer on reading the English pub
- the article we wrote for Beer Advocate on micropubs
- a guest post at Municipal Dreams on pubs on council estates
- ‘Our advice on beer and pubs in Bristol’
- ‘An extraordinary gentleman: the brand new Victorian pubs of Roddy Gradidge’
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.