Last July, I wrote a review of Pete Brown's book Man Walks into a Pub. Over 7 weeks later, A reply was posted by Martyn Cornell:
I had better declare a massive interest before I begin, since I'm the author of Beer: The Story of the Pint, which came out two months after Pete Brown's book. I've met Pete, he's a nice guy, and his book contains, in its second half, an excellent analysis of where the brewing industry in Britain is today. It's a pity the first half does not seem to have had as much research put into it, as it repeats all the old myths about the history of beer my own book attempts to correct – myths which add up to rather more than "a few" factual errors. I wouldn't ask you to take my word for it - read both books, and let me know what you think.Before I knew it I shelled out 18.92 Euros through amazon.co.uk and a few weeks ago the book arrived. Paying the $2.20 or so for GST [and the most cursed $5.00 more for the Canada Post GST collection charge - a money grab worthy of Aliant] I ran right home and started into the read.
Now, I have over 30 books about beer. Some are style guides about the history of and how to make, say, Stout or German Wheat Ale. Others are technical works like the ever popular The Biotechnology of Malting and Brewing by J.S Hough (1985, Cambridge)while others are layperson homebrewing guides like the classic 1970's The Big Book of Brewing by David Line (12th ed, 1985, Amateur Winemaker). Some, like Beer: The Story of the Pint are histories of the phenomena of beer drinking and the brewing industry. I have three or four of these now which focus on the history of the English industry:
- Beer and Britannia: An Inebriated History of Britain by Peter Haydon (2001, Sutton)
- Beer: The Story of the Pint by Martyn Cornell (2003, Headline)
- Man Walks into a Pub by Pete Brown (2003, MacMillan) and
- The English Pub by Michael Jackson (1976, Harper & Row).