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13-11-2014, 10:32
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https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vo4U4V-dDuU/VGP3hQRQonI/AAAAAAAABwk/Ajyadt3rRi8/s200/IMG_2326.JPG (https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vo4U4V-dDuU/VGP3hQRQonI/AAAAAAAABwk/Ajyadt3rRi8/s1600/IMG_2326.JPG)

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cvT2jgrgKQ0/VGP4cLRjYPI/AAAAAAAABww/X8WsskLZa9k/s200/IMG_2327.JPG (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cvT2jgrgKQ0/VGP4cLRjYPI/AAAAAAAABww/X8WsskLZa9k/s1600/IMG_2327.JPG)World Bottled Beers (http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Bottled-Beers-Classic-Savour/dp/190934270X). I’ve never done a book like this before, a book shaped like a bottle, slipped into the pocket easily, but shaped like a bottle. But then I’m a writer in love with words so for me the words are what matter with this book that’s shaped like a bottle. There are 50 beers in this bottle-shaped book, beers from around the world, beers that have shaped the way I view and drink beer and beers that I have always loved. It’s not an easy book to write because I find it hard to pick 50 beers and there’s another 50 beers waiting in the wings and then another, but then I tell a lie, a beer book is always an easy book to write because you keep telling yourself that you’re being paid for writing about something that often comes upon one like a divine wind, reeled in like a fish on a hook. This is a book of words and images, a list if you like, oh yes it’s a list (so look away now), a book, bottle-shaped let us not forget, that features such stars as Magic Rock, Camden, Kernel, Birrificio Italiano, Stone & Wood, Lost Abbey, Stone, Grado Plato and of course the beer before which I lose all reason Orval. This year has been a book writing fest (or test) with a Revolution (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Britains-Revolution-Camra-Roger-Protz/dp/1852493216), a bottle-shaped hole in my soul, 50 contributions to 1001 Restaurants (http://www.amazon.co.uk/1001-Restaurants-Must-Experience-Before/dp/1844037649/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415838111&sr=1-1&keywords=1001+restaurants), and in the next couple of days the final filing for the history of the International Brewing Awards (http://www.brewingawards.org/home_1_1_home.html) — yep, writing about beer, food, travel and how they all combine for a pre-match huddle can be such fun. Sometimes.
The bottle-shaped book seems to have a life of its own, it feels a bit like where’s Wally sometimes, as it flits around my bookshelves.

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