Monday, 25 August 2008
A Beer a Day
CAMRA Books' latest offering is A Beer a Day - 366 beers to help you through the year written by leading beer writer, Jeff Evans. What follows is my carve-up of the CAMRA press release to launch the book. Hopefully I will be able to write a more considered piece once I have properly read the book.
A Beer a Day is described as a beer lovers almanac. Set in simple day-to-day diary style it matches 366 beers from around the world with a major event, season, or other commemoration for each day of the year.
Author Jeff Evans says ‘A Beer a Day is not just a catalogue of great beers: it is a celebration of high days, holidays and the otherwise gentle passing of the seasons as seen through the eyes of world's greatest brewers. Major anniversaries, religious feasts and important birthdays come under the spotlight, along with commemorations, carnivals and some even more eccentric events.'
'This book has been great fun to research. It's amazing how the brewing industry keeps alive traditions and customs, and rightly celebrates famous and not-so-famous people who have been great achievers. You could say that there's almost a story for every beer and a beer for every story, and being able to look behind the label adds so much extra enjoyment to already great beers.'
The majority of the beers featured in the book are attainable from supermarkets, off-licences, online stores, and straight from the cask at selected pubs throughout the UK. The more elusive brews reflect the theme of the book- to encourage the wider distribution of fine beers.
The book is available directly from the CAMRA website at www.camra.org.uk, priced at £14.99 for CAMRA members, and £16.99 for non-members.