sub titled 'History in a Pint Glass'
This concise collection of 24 chapters about beer from Italy in the south to Finland to the north, Russia to the east and to Ireland in the west. In time they range from early Middle Ages to the 21st century.
The stories in these chapters present beer in the context of cultures, social changes and economic situations over the eras.
Each chapter has a detailed description of a particular beer linked to the events described in the chapter.
An example is the chapter 'Hunting for Microbes' in which Louis Pasteur visited various breweries including Whitbread who accepted Pasteur's findings; Whitbread's Best Bitter is the chosen beer for this chapter.
Other beers selected include Le Coq Porter, Carlsberg, Zywiec, Gravitas.
Index and selected Bibliography included.