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What's new?
Pledges for my new beer book - Miracle Brew - are now closed. Book is out 1st June and available for pre-order here.
I've been accused of attacking cask ale. Here's what I actually wrote - decide for yourselves.
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Hops and Glory

Hops and Glory
One Man's Search for the Beer That Built the British Empire

The Blurb

One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire: the original IPA
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 Gloryis both a rollicking, raucous history of the Raj and a wonderfully entertaining, groundbreaking experiment to recreate the finest beer ever produced.

Behind the Blurb

My third book happened because I won a prize for my second and everyone simply assumed I'd spend the winnings on more beery travel. I had no intention of doing so until, prompted by my friend Chris, I realised that the journey of IPA from England to Burton on Trent was being obsessively discussed and argued over in craft beer circles, but no one had actually taken the logical (if insane) step of attempting to recreate it. I didn't actually decide to do this - the idea sort of enslaved me. It took hold of me, a form of madness that eventually had its day in the blistering sun on a container ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

I think this is my best written book: the material allowed me to evolve my style from simple pub chattiness to a more lyrical tone. The book starts with a midnight symphony of light and sound in the middle of the Atlantic - shooting stars, flying fish, moaning wind and dazzling phosphorescence creating the best night's entertainment I've ever had.

This is intercut with a detailed history of IPA in which I turned up a lot of new information from various archives. I feel that this aspect sometimes gets overlooked beside the epic journey.

It's my most personal book. It changed my life. It changed me. And it won me my first Beer Writer of the Year gong. I'd do the whole insane debacle again tomorrow if I could.


"A lot of fun, Brown's engaging style carrying the narrative along on a wave of beery bonhomie."
The Independent (Read full review)

"An engaging, genial and often touching tale."
Lonely Planet (Read full review)

"Covers everything from the definitive history of Indian Pale Ale to the chaotic recreation of its 30,000 mile sea journey."

"The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun."
The Times

"This account of his beer-inspired voyage is as entertaining as it is enlightening."
London Review of Books

"Intrepid Pete's Adventure"
Interview about the book in The Scotsman from 2009

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Where can I buy this book?

Amazon UK
Amazon US

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