And finally…..

It has been very gratifying to see the initial reviews for Built to Brew, and I think there will be more (hopefully positive!)┬áto come as the reviewing and publication process is rather long drawn out. So I’d just like to thank English Heritage (my publishers) and the Brewery History Society for their support throughout the … Continue reading

Just a few days to go……

Yes, just a few days to go until publication, which will probably be about 28 May 2014. Can’t say exactly as it is a matter of moving physical copies around the country – and as I can tell you from previous experience, quite often the author is one of the last people to get a … Continue reading

Big barleycorns

Week 68 And on we plod through the captions, just reached number 200 out of 316 – seems like a minor landmark. It is a process not without interest, as photos reveal things previously unnoticed, and when the pics are put together with the text the result should look fantastic. Still, I shall be quite … Continue reading

Only here for the beer

Week 54 To continue the New Year cheer, here’s an irresistible comic card which immediately says ‘brewery’ – must be those towers and chimneys. The artist was Rollo Paterson (1892-1978), Scottish but born in Australia, a dedicated painted who designed comic and other cards to make himself enough money to carry on painting. He worked … Continue reading

Bass in Belgium

Week 52 Well, 52 weeks, rather more in fact, have passed since this blog began and still we have no completed book – but worry not, it is half done and the due date has now been moved to late spring 2013. This means I still have time to take the dogs out and lead … Continue reading

Brauerei Thier Dortmund

Week 46 This jolly, if somewhat intimidating chap in the clogs is advertising the Brauerei Thier in Dortmund. The postcard, a trade card, was sent in 1909 from Dortmund to London, perhaps by a rep contacting a potential buyer. Aside from being in German, which I should be able to cope with, the card’s text … Continue reading

And finally zum Uerige

Week 43 So finally we reach the end of this brief brewery tour around Germany, with a visit to zum Uerige in Dusseldorf, which has been brewing since 1862 but of course its splendid building is a product of postwar rebuilding. As usual in Dusseldorf the beer comes straight from the wood in small glasses, … Continue reading

Now to Dusseldorf

Week 42 As promised, here we are in Dusseldorf, specifically at the Brauerei zum Schlussel in the Old Town (Altstadt), which is jokingly known as the longest bar in Europe – did of course remind me of Newcastle’s Bigg Market (no breweries there though). Dusseldorf was an accidental destination but turned out to be excellent … Continue reading

And yet another museum in Franconia……

Week 41 As I’m off to the National Brewery Centre tomorrow, our pictures this week continue to retrace my steps around southern Germany, in fact Franconia. Not content with seeing one (very wonderful) brewery museum, in Bamberg, shortly afterwards I came across another, or to be precise an open air museum that included at least … Continue reading

Inside the Franconian Brewery Museum

Week 40 Here we are again in Bamberg, southern Germany, and as promised we have the photos of the Franconian Brewery Museum. It is not open every day – something like Wednesday to Saturday, mainly afternoons, but do check – and has a tardis (Tardis?)-like interior. One descends through a series of levels until the … Continue reading