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

Worcester, hops and nearly there

Latest news on Built to Brew is that it has now reached the warehouses of various distributors, so it is possible to order it online, or of course from your favourite book store. I’m promised a copy early next week (so around June 24th). Such suspense! Although I am extremely familiar with the text and … Continue reading

Meanwhile in Southwark

The publication date of Built to Brew will be a bit later than expected (technical hitch), so while we are waiting here is an interesting piece of stained glass work from Christ Church in Southwark (about a quarter mile north of Southwark underground, and open most mornings – check their website). The nave features a … Continue reading

It’s May!

We now have a proposed publication date for Built to Brew – and it is May 2014! Caution suggests that it might be June or thereabouts, but let’s hope for May. We are nearing the end of tidying up the page layouts and final text amendments, then the index can be sorted out. Not long … 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

What happened to the brewhouse?

Week 67 This week some pictures from Leeds, where the old Tetley’s site came as something of a surprise. It is so difficult keeping an eye on what’s happening with site redevelopments when they are not on your doorstep, and I’d read that the older part of Tetley’s, including the original brewhouse, was being kept … 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

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

Beer around Brussels

Week 37 Back from Franconia (photos to come in future weeks, including the brewery museum in Bamberg) but still catching up with beery pics from Brussels. Here’s a few taken en route from the Brewers’ House in the Grand Place to the Cantillon Brewery-cum-museum. A splendid shop window display of local and other brews, and … Continue reading