Around London in 80 Beers
By Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn
The book that first turned the ‘80 Beers’ concept into a series and that predicted the craft beer revolution in the British capital remains a classic of its time. Unlikely to be repeated due to the plethora of London pub guides that have followed, every collector and anyone interested in the story of how beer developed should have one.
Current edition: 2007
Published by: Cogan & Mater
Chris Pollard, known to all as Podge, has been a leading campaigner for better beer for 25 years, preferring the practical approach of organizing beer festivals and running a travel company (podgebeer.co.uk) that runs beer tours, mainly to Belgium. He was a founder of Cogan & Mater and co-authored its first book, LambicLand, in 2004.
Siobhan McGinn shares her time between academic study, keeping Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours on the road and aiding the cause of Belgian brewing at some of the UK’s major beer festivals. Her knowledge of the backstreets and real life of Bruges is as unparalleled as her appreciation of its place in history.
London invented multi-cultural. Its cosmopolitan from the beginning of the cosmos. So it follows that Around London in 80 Beers will feature beers of every style and strength from all over the UK and the rest of the world. The only common theme is that they are all great beers – not simple liquids for simple tastes.
So it goes with the outlets, which include all conceivable types of beer-selling operation and several you would not imagine to have an interest in quality brewing.