Where to Buy Brew Britannia

Although we understand Brew Britannia is now out of print there are still various ways and places to get hold of a copy if you want to give it to someone this Christmas.

  1. Ama­zon UK is sold out but, if you insist on buy­ing from there, there are sev­er­al third-par­ty sell­ers with brand new copies at rea­son­able prices.
  2. Ama­zon US has it in stock and deliv­ers (we think) world­wide – cer­tain­ly to the UK, any­way, fair­ly prompt­ly.
  3. Oth­er online book­stores such as Water­stones, Book Depos­i­to­ry, Foyles and Books Please are offer­ing it ready to dis­patch with in a day or two.
  4. Spe­cial­ists Beer Inn Print is offer­ing it along with a huge selec­tion of oth­er beer- and pub-relat­ed books – well worth a browse.
  5. If you want a signed copy then we have a few at hand which we’re sell­ing at £12.99 includ­ing postage with­in the main­land UK – drop us an email via contact@boakandbailey.com to dis­cuss ded­i­ca­tions and details.
  6. We know that there are also a few copies out and about in small inde­pen­dent book and beer shops – check your local before you order online.

Remem­ber to tell the lucky recip­i­ent about the erra­ta (or, as we call it, the List of Burn­ing Shame) and the (also award-win­ning) fol­low-up sup­ple­ment ‘The Good, the Bad and the Murky’.

And if if you still need con­vinc­ing here are links to a bunch of reviews and what­not.

Another Award for Brew Britannia

On Saturday, the North American Guild of Beer Writers gave Brew Britannia the top prize in the history/technical category at their annual awards.

You can read the full list of win­ners in every cat­e­go­ry here – it includes blog­ger Bryan Roth, British jour­nal­ist Will Hawkes, and quite a few peo­ple whose work we had­n’t come across before but now look for­ward to check­ing out.

A bit of back­ground: as we’re not mem­bers, we had to pay to enter this com­pe­ti­tion – not some­thing we’d usu­al­ly do, but we fig­ured that we might be in with a shot giv­en Brew Bri­tan­nia’s per­for­mance at the British Guild awards in Decem­ber.

Though of course it’s nice to have a pat on the back and our egos stroked, awards have a prac­ti­cal ben­e­fit: they are real­ly use­ful when it comes to pitch­ing books to pub­lish­ers and, as there is anoth­er sub­stan­tial book we’d real­ly like to write, we need all the help we can get.

You can buy Brew Bri­tan­nia in var­i­ous places:

And there’s also a short ‘One Year On’ update avail­able on the blog and as a free e‑book.

Brew Britannia Hits the US

Front cover of Brew Britannia.

A little while after the UK launch, copies of Brew Britannia have finally begun to make their way out across the world, and two recent reviews from the US provide food for thought.

Jeff Alworth at Beer­vana, for exam­ple, high­lights trans-Atlantic con­fu­sion over the mean­ings and cul­tur­al val­ues implied by ‘craft’ and cask. In the US, cask-con­di­tioned beer is con­sid­ered the height of ‘craft’-ness, while in the UK, as we argue in the book, one of the many simul­ta­ne­ous­ly-live mean­ings of ‘craft’ has been, since c.1997, ‘the anti­dote to real ale’. There is much poten­tial for crossed wires here.

Jeff also pon­ders on why North Amer­i­ca didn’t devel­op a pow­er­ful beer con­sumer group along the lines of the Cam­paign for Real Ale. It’s not as if the US does­n’t have a cul­ture of clubs, though any­thing that even remote­ly resem­bled a union (CAMRA was near­ly called ‘the Beer Drinkers’ Union at one point) would prob­a­bly have raised hack­les.

Der­rick Peter­man picks up the same thread and offers one pos­si­ble answer: “Boak and Bai­ley’s his­to­ry doc­u­ments a sim­i­lar rev­o­lu­tion, but a demand dri­ven one rather than the Amer­i­can rev­o­lu­tion dri­ven by new sup­ply… That whole idea seems some­how un-Amer­i­can.” In Amer­i­ca, cap­i­tal­ism is activism?

At any rate, we look for­ward to see­ing if an answer emerges in dis­cus­sion.

Final­ly, both Der­rick and Jeff make a point that we hope poten­tial read­er will hear: you don’t need to be British to enjoy this book!

(There’ll be a prop­er blog post, i.e. one that isn’t about us and our book, along lat­er today…)

Brew Britannia: Launch Week

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:

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:

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: