A Brief History of Lager

In this fascinating book, beer expert Mark Dredge dives into the history of lager, from how it was first brewed to what role was played by German monks and kings in the creation of the drink we know so well today. From the importance of 500-year-old purity laws to a scrupulously researched exploration of modern beer gardens (it’s a hard life), Mark has delved deep into the story of the world’s favourite beer.

From 16th Century Bavaria to the recent popularity of specialist craft lagers, A Brief History of Lager is an engaging and informative exploration of a classic drink.


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About The Author

Mark Dredge

Mark Dredge

Mark Dredge writes about beer, food and travel. His first book, Craft Beer World, looks at some of the most interesting and delicious craft beers you can find. Book two, Beer & Food, is the ultimate look at combining beer with food. His third book saw him travel the world in search of the answer to the question: What is the best beer in the world? His fourth book is called Cooking with Beer, featuring around 70 recipes all using beer as a key ingredient.

He's a multiple award-winning writer, having won the British Guild of Beer Writers Beer and Food Writer of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016, plus Beer and Travel Writer of the Year in 2016. He's been published in print and online around the world and is an international beer judge.

He lives in London, England.

Beer has been brewed and drunk for 10,000 years, but those earliest beers (think dark, soupy and sour) would’ve been unrecognizable to modern lager drinkers expecting something bright, effervescent and golden. Despite beer’s history, which is as old as civilization, lager is a relative newcomer, ostensibly first brewed around 500 years ago, while those pale, lively lagers that we know so well today didn’t arrive until the middle of the 19th century and weren’t widespread until over a hundred years later.
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books; 01 edition (19 Sept. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857835238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857835239
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 22.7 cm