Archive for the ‘Brewing’ Category

‘Built to Brew’ by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Architectural historian and BHS member, Dr Lynn Pearson, has written a stunning book which has just been published by English Heritage
This is available from the BHS book shop (please mention that you are a BHS member when ordering; see http://beerinnprint.co.uk/category_list.php?list=2) and is described by Paul Travis below –
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‘Built to Brew, The history and heritage of the brewery’ has been written by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage this June, with a price of £25. Looking at the book is not dissimilar to the sensation of viewing a select large box of excellent chocolates – whatever you choose is full of delight, both for the chocolates and for this book – any page in the book will reveal interesting information supported by plenty of good illustrations. But to avoid flitting from one section to another go to the contents list where you will see the structure of the book – from the starting point of ‘beer’, then to early brewers (Iron Age, medieval, country-house), development of commercial breweries in the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries up to the present. Then into more detailed analysis of the brewery – the design and planning of the brewery by prominent brewery architects and their works and the insides of the brewery – the equipment for the processes. Powering the brewery looks at the various systems – manpower, wind & water, steam, gas & electricity. A couple more chapters – Burton-on-Trent, the Beer Capital deserves its heritage, growth and decline, and other buildings associated with breweries – such as offices, monuments, plaques, social facilities and finally the current brewery buildings and those that have been lost. The appendices are generous too – chapter notes, bibliography, glossary, Indexes of  breweries and locations, illustration credits.
The book structure is logical and the content is relevant and clear and interesting and well supported with good illustrations; the comments on the benefits of the brewery buildings to the environment (and their loss) are well made.
The book is not cheap financially but the overall content of the book is good value makes £25 well worthwhile.
Paul

The Ram Brewery – decommissioning and recommissioning

Friday, March 7th, 2014

John Hatch has sent the following note

The video shows brewing at Youngs, its decommissioning and then the construction of his nano brewery

Cheers

Jeff

 

Dear All

As I had plenty of video footage of the last few years at the brewery, I thought I would make a Youtube compilation, I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atPKixiSJx8&feature=youtu.be

Harvey Quamen: Using Digital Humanities Techniques to Study the History of Beer and Brewing

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Thanks to Simon Fowler for highlighting this forthcoming talk-

http://scienceforthirstypeople.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/history-down-pub-london-august-28th.html

The preamble says-

Three major questions—all difficult to answer—prompt this talk:

  1. what caused the sudden demise of porter around 1820?
  2. how did the style called India Pale Ale spread so rapidly?
  3. can we locate the historical London breweries?

Although surrounded in some mystery, these questions might be answerable using some techniques from the digital humanities. In particular, building a database of historical recipes will help us understand the movement and growth of beer styles (especially as those styles moved through homebrewing) and we can begin to track master-apprenticeship relationships with the use of propopographies, databases that serve as “collective biographies” of groups of people. Finally, using historical maps (like the Agas map digitized at the Map of Early Modern London project), we might begin to reconstruct the historical distribution of beer around the capital.

The Durrington Maltsters

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

My thanks to Keith Langridge for this very interesting link to an article on ancient malting and brewing

http://rmchapple.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-durrington-maltsters.html?goback=.gde_3938335_member_212117454#!

There are links to further related articles if you click on the names of the people mentioned

Jeff

The Nathan System in Australia

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Tim Holt has spotted this interesting article on lager brewing in Australia by BHS member, Dr Brett Stubbs

Dear All,

You may find this of interest:

Cheers,

Tim