Man Walks into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer

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In Man Walks into a Pub, Pete Brown takes us on a journey through the amazing history of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night. It’s an extraordinary tale of yeast-obsessed monks and teetotaling prime ministers; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket, and a Canadian who changed the drinking habits of a nation. It’s also the story of the rise of the British pub, from humble origins through an epic, thousand-year struggle to survive ...
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In Man Walks into a Pub, Pete Brown takes us on a journey through the amazing history of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night. It’s an extraordinary tale of yeast-obsessed monks and teetotaling prime ministers; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket, and a Canadian who changed the drinking habits of a nation. It’s also the story of the rise of the British pub, from humble origins through an epic, thousand-year struggle to survive bad government and misguided commerce.
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“Like a good drinking companion, Pete Brown tells a remarkable story: a stream of fascinating facts, etymologies, and pub-related urban phenomena.” —The Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780330412209
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 769,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Introduction: 'You should have seen us last night!' 1
1. 'My liver is full of luck' The ancient history of beer drinking 13
2. 'Pissing under the board as they sit' Two thousand years of British boozing 28
3. 'An oblivion of care' The evolution of the pub 56
4. 'The universal Cordial of the Populace' Science, fashion, and the birth of modern beer 82
5. 'Those who are not singing are sprawling' Pubs in the nineteenth century 108
6. 'The greatest of these deadly foes' The fight for the right to get tight 125
7. 'All the culture that is most truly native' When people stopped going to the pub 158
8. 'Keep the bar open, we'll be down in twenty minutes' The home front in World War II 188
9. 'You will be crushed whether you like it or not' How Carling transformed the business of brewing and drinking 217
10. Saccharomyces carlsbergensis: How lager (eventually) conquered Britain 237
11. 'A diet of Pot Noodles, Mother's Pride and Harp lager' Kegs, casks and the decline of bitter 269
12. 'Drinking the advertising' The age of the mega-brands 294
13. 'It was like anywhere and nowhere' The local goes national 333
14. 'Haven't you got homes to go to?' A sort of epilogue 364
Further reading 371
Index 375
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