Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer that Built the British Empire

Pete Brown

Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer that Built the British Empire

The original India Pale Ale was pure gold in a glass a semi-mythical beer from the late 18th century, brewed in Britain to travel halfway around the world, through ocean storms and tropical sunshine, and arrive in perfect condition for a long, cold drink on an Indian veranda. And although you can still buy beers with 'IPA' on the label today, most are, frankly, pale imitations of the original. For the first time in 140 years, a keg of traditional Burton IPA has been brewed for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, around the Cape of Good Hope; and the man carrying it is award-winning beer writer Pete Brown. Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he even make it that far, having fallen in the canal just a few miles outside Burton-on-Trent? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world with 'Barry' the barrel, one question remains: what will the real IPA taste like? 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer that Built the British Empire

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Food & Drink, Travel
Format Hardback
Pages 288
RRP £14.99
Date of Publication June 2009
ISBN 978-0230706354
Publisher Macmillan
 

The original India Pale Ale was pure gold in a glass a semi-mythical beer from the late 18th century, brewed in Britain to travel halfway around the world, through ocean storms and tropical sunshine, and arrive in perfect condition for a long, cold drink on an Indian veranda. And although you can still buy beers with 'IPA' on the label today, most are, frankly, pale imitations of the original. For the first time in 140 years, a keg of traditional Burton IPA has been brewed for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, around the Cape of Good Hope; and the man carrying it is award-winning beer writer Pete Brown. Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he even make it that far, having fallen in the canal just a few miles outside Burton-on-Trent? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world with 'Barry' the barrel, one question remains: what will the real IPA taste like?

Reviews

The Times

Iain Finlayson

The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun.

20/06/2009

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