The original India Pale Ale was pure gold in a glass; a beer specially invented, in the 19th century, to travel halfway around the world and arrive in perfect condition for a cold drink on an Indian verandah. But although you can still buy beers with 'IPA' on the label they are a pale imitation of the original. For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, and the man carrying it is Pete Brown, Britain's best beer writer.
Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he make it that far, having fallen in the canal a few miles out of Burton? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world, what will the real IPA taste like? Weaving first-class travel writing with assured comedy, this is both a rollicking history of the Raj and an entertaining, groundbreaking experiment to recreate the finest beer ever produced.
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Took me a few chapters to get used to the [apparently] hapless author, but enjoyed the well researched material. Blending the travel story with the history was not well executed. Generally it all comes across as disjointed and muddled.
Fascinating story bits I thought I knew, so much I didn't...but much I hadn't recognised that I'd grown up with.
"A must read for the beer geek!"
This phenomenal book, which is part documentary and part history lesson, gives the reader a fantastic insight into the back story of what is arguably the most important style of beer on earth, the pale ale. Pete Brown takes you with him through his unbelievable journey to India, all the while teaching you the rich details encompassing what was once the world's most popular beer style. Written with a perfect layer of dry wit, performed masterfully by Cameron Stewart, you will find yourself captivated and amazed at the facts behind everyone's favorite drink.
"More Than a Beer Story"
Entertaining Beyond Beer
Discovering the history of Britain's East India Company was something I didn't expect and feel I was clueless about before this book. What we were taught in school seems to been a farce. Cameron Stewart's voicing made it all the more compelling.
This is my first listen to a book as read by Cameron Stewart, and he was good enough, that he's the first Voice Actor I've searched for as a result. He's got a great tone and emotion to his voice.
Finding just how ruthless "The Company" was is a chilling discovery. The history of India is something I now want to dive into and learn more about.
I love beer. IPA include. I appreciated it even more now. And have a great appreciation for Pete Brown's willingness to suffer for us.
"Funny and engaging"
Any body the loves IPA beer and enjoys a good laugh will love this travel/history book.
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