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The Family Brewers of Britain

Roger Protz’s new book The Family Brewers of Britain featured in The Sunday Observer with a focused look at how Victorian Women broke the (pint) glass ceiling in British brewing – read more here >> The Family Brewers of Britain

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Tom Kerridge – excerpt from the foreword to The Good Beer Guide 2021

The Great British pub is recognised around the world. It is something that cannot be replicated in any other country. Of course, many places serve beer, wine, spirits and food in different countries, but there is nothing like our pub. In France they have bistros, brasseries and a coffee culture. In Spain they have tapas and pintxos bars. In Italy, you have trattorias and pizzerias and in Greece, you have wonderful tavernas. All of these places have one common goal and that is serving great drinks and simple food with a warm welcome to a community. However, the one thing about the British pub that separates us, is real ale. Our brewing heritage varies from region to region. The passion and the heart and soul that goes into brewing is equal to the top wine makers, distillers, cheese makers, bakers, artisan chocolatiers or any other craft led hospitality producer. It is something we should be very proud of.

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From simple marks such as crosses and triangles to sophisticated and multi-layered semiotic codes today, we’ve always been visually led when it comes it choosing what we want, and beer has always led the way. Beer and pubs have been around for 1000 years, and for most of that time the people drinking were illiterate – visual identity was vital in building recognition and loyalty.
Ask any beer lover why they choose the beers they drink, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the taste. That may be true, but you need to see a beer and order it before you can find out what it tastes like.
Today in Britain there are over 2500 breweries, most of whom brew an ever-changing range of different beers. On the bar of any decent pub, or shelves of a good bottle shop or supermarket beer aisle, the choice can be overwhelming. People make snap decisions so quickly we don’t even notice. And the design of a beer label, pump clip, bottle or can has to do a lot of work to stand out, get noticed, and suggest to the thirsty punter that here is a beer they will enjoy.

Complete your collection of the Heritage Pubs series.

Real Heritage Pubs of the South East is the last piece in the puzzle for documenting and recording Heritage Pubs across the UK.

Discover South East England’s most traditional pubs through this unique guide, the latest in CAMRA’s best-selling series. It leads you to over a hundred examples around the region that still have interiors or internal features of real historical importance, ranging from unspoilt country delights and old coaching inns to cosy Victorian locals and little-known pubs from the inter-war and post-war periods. Illustrated with high-quality photography throughout, this book allows you to experience first-hand the pub history of the South East while doing your bit to help protect a vital part of the region’s heritage.

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Cellarmanship – New Edition – also available on Kindle.

The first edition of this title was published thirty years ago with the purpose of ensuring that anyone handling and serving real ale both professionally and for personal interest, was fully aware of the intricacies and skills in handling a live product.
Thirty years on and much has changed in the industry but the skills and understanding of how to keep, serve and sell real ale are now set out in a new and clearer format to enable both the old and the new to learn and refresh their training.
With a handy pullout poster and illustrations throughout this is a training manual that every cellarman should have!

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The Pub manifesto – quickfire questions

James Dowdeswell answers a few quickfire questions on his perfect pub.  

James Dowdeswell – Author of The Pub Manifesto

James Dowdeswell at The Attic brewery in Brimingham. Here at the Laughing Sole we are very excited to come back to…

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Featured in the Good Beer Guide 2020 Beer Drinker of the Year 2019 Jodie Kidd writes about how we can save pubs from closure…

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