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Around the World in 80 Beers (Hardback)

A Global History of Brewing

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By Martyn Cornell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526791467
Published: 31st May 2024

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Come with us on a beer-fuelled journey crisscrossing the globe, taking in every continent and more than 40 different countries, as we discover the huge range of different brews available today around the world, explore their backstories, take a deep dive into the history of beer, going back 13,000 years to the dawn of civilisation, and come right up to the 21st century to discover beer styles invented only a few years ago.

No matter if you are a beginner in beer, just starting to discover the amazing variety of beverages made from grain and yeast that can be found from pole to pole, or an experienced beer drinker who knows their porter from their pilsner and their bock from their bitter, there will be stories within these pages that will educate, amaze, amuse and inspire you. Around the World in 80 Beers travels from the pine forest of Finland to the jungles of Brazil, and the moors of Scotland to the rocky coasts of New Zealand. It covers all the great brewing cities of the world – Munich, Pilsen, London, Dublin, Milwaukee and so on – and also looks at beer brewing in places as diverse as Trappist monasteries in Belgium and villages in the hills of Myanmar in South East Asia.

The range of different beers covered is astonishing: not just the well-known, such as IPA, pilsner, and Imperial stout, but the rare and little-heard-of, such as Norwegian kveik ale, or Jopejskie, the thick, black, amazingly strong beer recently revived in Poland. It uncovers some strange stories, such as the surprising popularity of milk stout among the urban working class in South Africa, and knocks some myths on the head, such as the allegedly ancient history of Irish Red Ale. In all, this is a trip like no other you have ever been on. Strap yourself in, and grab your glass.

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About Martyn Cornell

Martyn Cornell is an award-winning writer on beer and brewing and an internationally recognised expert on the history of beer and beer styles who has visited breweries and drunk in bars from Norway to Australia, and from China to Brazil. He is a founder member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, his work has been published in more than 30 magazines and newspapers from Hong Kong to the United States and his words have been translated into languages including German, Italian, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese. 


He is a former Beer Writer of the Year and an eight-times trophy winner in the British Guild of Beer Writers awards, including five times in a row, 2011-15, and has also been a runner-up in the North American Guild of Beer Writer awards two years running. He is an IBD-certified beer judge and has judged at numerous beer competitions both in the UK and abroad, including the World Beer Cup. He has worked with a number of brewers in the UK and abroad on projects involving old beer styles and beer history, with the Campaign for Real Ale in the UK on its Learn and Discover educational initiative, and with the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy on coursework for its beer modules. He has appeared on radio, including the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, and on television talking about beer and beer history.

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