Book Reviews – Jan 2021

THE FAMILY BREWERS OF BRITAIN

Congratulations to Roger Protz for winning the Gold Award for ‘Best Beer Writer, Print Publications’ for the Family Brewers of Britain at the British Guild of Beer Writers annual awards in December.

Roger’s seminal work is now available on Amazon Kindle. You can download it using the Kindle ‘app’ or through Amazon for £9.99. The hardback version is still available from the CAMRA Shop on-line currently for £21.99. It is well recommended. The photographs alone make the printed version the better option in my view.

RECOGNITION FOR LEARN & DISCOVER

CAMRA’s Learn & Discover web platform was also shortlisted for the British Guild of Beer Writers awards, in their case in the ‘Best Beer Writer – Corporate Communications’ category. There is a wealth of knowledge available here. L&D didn’t win but I’m pleased to say that the winner was London’s Brixton Brewery for their Characters of Coldharbour campaign. You can find more about this on their website. It is also well worth a look.

LONDON’S BEST BEER, PUBS & BARS

Des de Moor’s revision of the above is now, inevitably, on hold. Des wrote a fascinating article in January’s edition of the CAMRA paper, What’s Brewing, reflecting on the changes that he has observed, both between the last edition in 2015 and a year ago, when he had almost finished the revision, and what has happened since. You can also find Des’s views of the situation on his own website.
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OTHER WINNERS

Since I’ve mentioned the BGBW awards several times, I’ll finish the job by also congratulating Jaega Wise of the Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow for winning the Gold Award in the Best Beer Broadcaster category for her contributions to BBC Radio Four’s the Food Programme. The overall award, the Michael Jackson Gold Award for Beer Writer of the Year 2020, went to Lily Waite who won a gold and two silvers in different categories.