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26-09-2013, 08:40
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Books books books. Having worked in journalism and publishing for more years than I care to remember I know that autumn is a key time for getting books out. Christmas is around the corner, but we’re not caught in its headlights yet so there’s plenty of time to get people prepared to buy books throughout the next three months. So this autumn, there seems to be a torrent of beer (and cider) books coming out: we’ve had Roger Protz’s 300 More Beers (https://shop.camra.org.uk/product.php?id_product=187), and now there’s Ben McFarland’s Boutique Beer (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Boutique-Beer-Worlds-Finest-Craft/dp/1906417865/ref=la_B001JPCDYQ_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380143493&sr=1-1), while Jane Peyton has been really busy with School of Booze (http://www.school-of-booze.com/) and Beer O’Clock (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beer-O%60Clock-Craft-Cask-Culture/dp/1849534764/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380147552&sr=8-1&keywords=jane+peyton); having seen some PDFs of the pages back in the summer I’m also looking forward to Pete Brown’s World’s Best Cider (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Worlds-Best-Cider-Tradition-Somerset/dp/1906417997/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380147944&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=world%E2%80%99s+best+cider), written in conjunction with Somerset Levels snapper Bill Bradshaw; there’s also Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb’s Pocket Beer Book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pocket-Beer-Book-2014-ebook/dp/B00EORACUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380148054&sr=8-1&keywords=pocket+beer+book+2014), a conscious echo of Michael Jackson’s similar publications during the 1990s and beyond perhaps?

I’ve probably forgotten someone, but it’s time I blew my own trumpet. My first update of 1001 Beers (http://www.amazon.co.uk/1001-Beers-You-Must-Before/dp/1844037657/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1380148094&sr=8-2&keywords=1001+beers+you+must+try+before+you+die) is also out and it features 90 new beers that have been written by Tim Hampson, Evan Rail, Greg Barbera, Martyn Cornell, Pete Brown, Zak Avery and Joe Stange. The beers include ones from Kernel (http://www.thekernelbrewery.com/), Tiny Rebel (http://www.tinyrebel.co.uk/), Beavertown (http://www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk/), Brewfist (http://www.brewfist.com/), 8-Wired (http://8wired.co.nz/), Jack’s Abby (http://jacksabbybrewing.com/)(a particular favourite of mine), Buxton (http://www.buxtonbrewery.co.uk/%E2%80%8E), Oakham (http://www.oakhamales.com/%E2%80%8E), Vivat (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16445), Ska (http://www.skabrewing.com/), Heavy Seas (http://www.hsbeer.com/), Sierra Nevada (http://www.sierranevada.com/)(Narwhal), Evil Twin (http://eviltwin.dk/%E2%80%8E), Oskar Blues (http://www.oskarblues.com/), Matuska (http://www.pivovarmatuska.cz/), Nomad (http://www.pivovar-nomad.cz/) and Keserü (http://www.fotisorfozde.hu/). I’m really pleased with the selection and wish it could have been double or even triple — which says how much the beer world has changed in the last three years. While I’m on the podium can I also bring to your attention to Tim Hampson’s World Beer (http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Beer-Dk/dp/1409321606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380148258&sr=8-1&keywords=world+beer), into which I was drafted as an author along with Stan Hieronymous and Sylvia Kopp earlier on in the year.

And further more can I bring your by now lack of attention to the beer tasting and extemporisation I shall be doing at the Three Tuns during the wonderful Bristol Beer Week (http://www.bristolbeerweek.co.uk/calendar/an-evening-with-adrian-tierney-jones-not-quite-1001-beers-the-three-tuns/) on Monday October 7, followed by a Rake bar event with Hardknott Brewery on Wednesday October 9; then it’s Hook Norton (http://www.hooky.co.uk/content/news/meet-the-beer-writer-evening-to-take-place-at-hook.ashx) on Friday October 18 and finally there’s something planned with Meantime in November — it’s like being in a band again, though the furthest we got from Cambridge was Peterborough.

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