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22nd February 2021

The Philosophy of Beer by Jane Peyton

Hardback £10 

ISBN 978 0 7123 5347 2

112 pages, 200 x 130 mm

30 mono illustrations

Publishing April 2021

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a lager and an ale? Or marvelled at how, with only four basic ingredients, there can be around 150 different styles of beer in existence?

Raise a glass with Jane Peyton as she distils practical advice from the rich history of the nation’s favourite beverage. This fascinating insight spans the earliest evidence of beer 13,000 years ago, through its central role in monasteries and aboard naval ships, to its enduring popularity today. Illustrated with beautiful engravings and posters from the British Library collections, this book will quench your thirst for knowledge, with everything you need to know to become a mastermind in beer.

Jane Peyton is an award-winning writer and alcoholic drinks expert, and a regular host of beer tasting events. She is the UK’s first accredited Pommelier (cider sommelier) and Principal of the School of Booze. Jane is also the author of a number of books including The Philosophy of Gin, published by the British Library in August 2020.

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