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

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

Making progesss

I can see from the bright sunshine on the previous post that it’s been some time since I updated the world (well, a handful of people) on how the book is progressing. So, what has been happening since┬áthe material was sent to the publisher in mid May? Firstly they do an initial check to see … Continue reading

Round squares

Week 70 Seventy weeks and the book is good to go! (To meet its maker, as it were……) Well, a few possible amendments aside, it is ready, and that includes adding in where all the illustrations should go and cross-referencing them in the text, and sorting out all the letters of permission, that is making … Continue reading

Shopping at the museum

Week 69 Realised I hadn’t quite finished off the Hertford pics, so here’s what the Old Brewery now looks like, in its new role as a backdrop to Sainsbury’s. McMullen’s, of course, still brew in Hertford, but not in this brewhouse, which has been renovated as part of the redevelopment and now awaits new tenants, … Continue reading

That really is a microbrewery!

Week 65 And a momentous week it is too – well, for me anyway. The text of the book was completed at 9.05am on Friday 29th March 2013. Of course, there is a lot more to a book than just text, but text is the one thing you can’t do without. It will be altered … Continue reading

A complexity of coppersmiths

Week 57 I’ve been trying to sort out the company history of the Pontifex family of coppersmiths, well known in the 19th century for their splendid brewing coppers, like the two by Pontifex and Wood at the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. There were many, many Pontifexs (must be Pontifexes surely?) and since I don’t … 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