Modern British Beer

Matthew Curtis maps the evolution of Modern British Beer through the intricate stories of individual regional beers. He gives a personal insight into the eclectic and exciting world of Modern British Beer from a choice of 86 influential brews; from how they taste, how their ingredients are sourced, to the engaging stories of the people behind the scenes working hard to bring exciting beer to drinkers all over Britain.

“A beauty and a triumph… An incredibly engaging read.”Claire Bullen, Editor-in-Chief Good Beer Hunting

“A sparkling sense of where beer in the UK is at the moment.”Adrian Tierney-Jones

“If you’re looking for a primer on the best independently-produced British beers available today, you’re in luck.”Will Hawkes

“UK brewing is at a crossroads and the definitions Matthew comes up with help illuminate the path forward.”Jonny Garrett, The Craft Beer Channel

“Matthew Curtis has written an inspirational book, one no beer lover should miss.” – Roger Protz

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About The Author

Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis is a freelance writer and photographer based in Manchester, England. He specialises in writing about beer, pubs and the culture that stems from them, and has written for various publications including Vittles, Novara Media, BEER, Ferment and Good Beer Hunting. In 2019, he founded online magazine and podcast Pellicle with his friend Jonathan Hamilton, for which he is editor-in-chief. Born in Lincoln, Matthew grew up in rural Lincolnshire before attending the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough, after which he relocated to London where he lived for 15 years while discovering his enthusiasm for all things beer. In 2020 he relocated to Manchester, where he fell in love with the city, and its rich beer and pub culture. He is the author of An Opinionated Guide to London Pubs (Hoxton Mini Press, 2021) and Modern British Beer (CAMRA Books, 2021). His latest book, Manchester's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars (CAMRA Books), is due to be released in October 2023.

Modern British Beer aims to highlight the cultural development of beer in the United Kingdom since the turn of the century, while also attempting to define what “modern” means in today’s beer culture. The first-person narrative will be told through the stories of approximately 80 different beers and the brewers who make them, focussing on how their influence has directly affected our choice at the bar. It aims to make a case that although British beer culture has changed drastically over the past few decades, it remains as culturally vital as ever, and that being Modern in the 21st century means a great deal more than simply making delicious beer. Publication date: August 12th 2021 ISBN: 978-1-85249-370-7 RRP: £15.99 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 170 x 230 mm (P) Extent: 256 pp Illustrations: Fully illustrated in colour throughout Subjects: Cider; Beer; Travel – Uk BIC Classifications: Beer (WBXD2); British Isles – London (1DBKESL)