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A comprehensive account of the history of beer by a well-respected founder-brewer and author. Starting with beers Middle Eastern origins (and the range of alcoholic beverages called beer), the author discusses beers likely ways of dissemination through south-eastern and into western Europe and into the British Isles and north-west Europe. Its development in Britain from the Normans to the Tudors is portrayed in some depth. The book continues through Elizabethan times to the industrialization of brewing, looks at various beer styles and breweries and considers the more recent changes and trends of the 20th century. A truly comprehensive study of beer's history!