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Miracle Brew

Hops, Barley, Water, Yeast and the Nature of Beer

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Food & Drink, Travel

Most people know that wine is created by fermenting pressed grape juice and cider by pressing apples. But although it’s the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, few people know what beer is made of. In lively and witty fashion, Miracle Brew dives into traditional beer’s four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast, and water, each of which has an incredible story to tell.

From the Lambic breweries of Belgium, where beer is fermented with wild yeasts drawn down from the air around the brewery, to the aquifers below Burton-on-Trent, where the brewing water is rumored to contain life-giving qualities, Miracle Brew tells the full story behind the amazing role each of these fantastic four—a grass, a weed, a fungus, and water—has to play. Celebrated U.K. beer writer Pete Brown travels from the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic to Bamberg in the heart of Bavaria, where malt smoked over an open flame creates beer that tastes like liquid bacon. He explores the origins of fermentation, the lost age of hallucinogenic gruit beers, and the evolution of modern hop varieties that now challenge wine grapes in the extent to which they are discussed and revered.

Along the way, readers will meet and drink with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer and celebrate the joy of drinking it. And almost without noticing we’ll learn the naked truth about the world’s greatest beverage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pete Brown

Pete Brown is one of the U.K.’s most respected beer writers. Over the last twelve years he’s written five and a half books about beer, pubs, and cider and why they matter. He also writes one of the U.K.’s most widely read drinks blogs and many articles for mainstream and beer trade press titles. He’s on the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme quite a lot and judges the Food and Farming Awards and Great Taste Awards. He has twice been named Beer Writer of the Year, and with Bill Bradshaw he won Drink Book of the Year in the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. His books have been translated into over two languages.

CONNECT WITH THIS AUTHOR

Pete Brown on Twitter
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Pete Brown's Website

AUTHOR VIDEOS

British Beer Video Blog - September

In the first of his British Beer video blogs Pete Brown visits Nottingham to sample champion beer of Britain 2010 Castle Rock's Harvest Pale.

British Beer Video Blog - April

Filmed at Moorhouse's in Burnley, this is the country's newest British cask-conditioned beer brewery, Peter Amor explores the brewery with Managing Director David Grant while Pete Brown visits the Bridge Bier Huis to review the beers they have on tap.

BBC 4: Timeshift - The Rules of Drinking

Timeshift digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain.

Miracle Brew

Pages:288 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9781603587693
Pub. Date October 12, 2017

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 288 pages, $19.95