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29-08-2014, 09:32
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A little while after the UK launch, copies of*Brew Britannia (http://boakandbailey.com/book-brew-britannia/)*have finally begun to make their way out across the world, and two recent reviews from the US provide food for thought.Jeff Alworth at Beervana (http://beervana.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/book-review-beer-britannia-by-boak-and.html), for example, highlights trans-Atlantic confusion over the meanings and cultural values implied by ‘craft’ and cask. In the US, cask-conditioned beer is considered the height of*‘craft’-ness, while in the UK, as we argue in the book, one of the many simultaneously-live meanings of ‘craft’ has been, since c.1997, ‘the antidote to real ale’. There is much potential for crossed wires here.
Jeff also ponders on why North America didn’t develop a powerful beer consumer group along the lines of the Campaign for Real Ale. It’s not as if the US doesn’t have a culture of clubs, though anything that even remotely resembled a union (CAMRA was nearly called ‘the Beer Drinkers’ Union at one point) would probably have raised hackles.
Derrick Peterman picks up the same thread and offers one possible answer (http://beer-runner.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/book-review-brew-britannia-presents.html): “Boak and Bailey’s history documents a similar revolution, but a demand driven one rather than the American revolution driven by new supply… That whole idea seems somehow un-American.” In America, capitalism*is activism?
At any rate, we look forward to seeing if an answer emerges in discussion.
Finally, both Derrick and Jeff make a point that we hope potential reader will hear: you don’t need to be British to enjoy this book!
(There’ll be a proper blog post, i.e. one that isn’t about us and our book, along later today…)
Brew Britannia Hits the US (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/08/brew-britannia-hits-us/)

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