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 specially invented, in the 19th century, to travel halfway around the world, through storms and tropical sunshine, and arrive in perfect condition for a long, cold drink on an Indian verandah. But although you can still buy beers with ‘IPA’ on the label they are, to be frank, a pale imitation of the original.
For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, around the Cape of Good Hope; and the man carrying it is the award-winning Pete Brown, Britain’s best beer write. Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he even make it that far, have fallen in the canal just a few miles out of Burton? 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?
Weaving first-class travel writing with assured comedy, Hops and Glory is both a rollicking, raucous history of the Raj and a wonderfully entertaining, groundbreaking experiment to recreate the finest beer ever produced.
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Review: Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer That Built the British EmpireUser Review - Cody - Goodreads
I loved it... a nice combination of travel writing and beer history. I'm going to have to read more from this author for sure! Read full review
Review: Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer That Built the British EmpireUser Review - David Boyd - Goodreads
Really interesting for parts of the book. Great to get some insight into the brewing history and IPA in particular. Sadly the book was really heavy going in places, particularly during the long boat ... Read full review
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Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer That Built the British Empire
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