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    Pete Brown(Author)

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Having written Man Walks Into A Pub, an irreverent book about beer drinking in Britain, Pete Brown thought he deserved a holiday. Leaving Britain was one thing, but getting away from beer proved impossible. For while the British believe beer is, well, British, it seems a few others have cottoned on to the fact its damn fine drink. In fact it turns out there are seven countries that make more beer than Britain and - hard though it is to believe - there are at least five countries that drink more beer per-head of the population than we do. The Germans claim beer as their own; the Czechs, it turns out, invented lager; the Chinese like their beer made from rice and the Spanish see it as trendy new drink, far more fashionable than wine. What's going on? After a great deal of thought (about 15 seconds), Peter Brown decided the only way to find out was to go on the biggest pub crawl ever. Drinking in more than three hundred bars and pubs in twenty-seven towns in thirteen different countries on four different continents, Pete puts on a stone in weight and does irrecoverable damage to his liver in the pursuit of saloon bar enlightenment. On his way he meets a wild cast of bleary eyed eccentrics and samples legendary local brews in legendary quantities, from Dublin to Tokyo. It's an epic challenge, a hilarious, life-changing, globe-trotting adventure to the heart of Beer.

It's a much repeated refrain for many of us: where's the pub? Pete Brown's Three Sheets to the Wind is subtitled One Man's Quest for the Meaning of Beer -- and that subtitle alone will mean that many women will be buying it for the men in their lives (or even, of course, for themselves!) Pete Brown is a beer journalist, and has written a much-loved tome on the subject, Man Walks Into A Pub. It was, he says, a revelation to him when he discovered that many countries produce, drink and pay homage to beer more than the British. He noted that the Australians, Germans and other nations consider that they have the best beer in the world, and he was similarly bemused by other beer-related topics (such as the fact that the Japanese constructed a building in the shape of a glass of beer with a foaming head, and that the Spanish have very different ideas from the British about what social classes drink beer.) As all this beer-related information rushed in, Brown wondered why the national drink of the UK appeared to be losing its favoured status. The answer – for him – was to set out on the biggest pub crawl that the UK had ever seen (a dirty job, but someone had to do it). Putting both his health (and waistline) at risk, Brown has put together the definitive book on subject. And while the tone and title may be tongue in cheek, Three Sheets to the Wind is actually a fascinating piece social history that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about a certain refreshing drink. And, let's face it, it is no mean achievement to impart so much useful information as Pete Brown does -- while still making us laugh. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Pete Brown(Author)
  • Macmillan (5 May 2006)
  • English
  • 10
  • Food & Drink

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  • By Guest on 24 May 2017

    Very good

  • By Albie on 23 February 2013

    In places in the book Pete Brown made me smile, with his descriptions of the bars he visited and the people he met. But, I'm sorry to say, I just got bored with all the talk of beer and breweries eventually and never quite got to the end. For me, the variety of topics was just too limited but beer aficianados would appreciate it. I'd prefer him to write an out and out travel book.

  • By Dee on 14 April 2017

    Great item, thank you

  • By brianmcinally on 11 September 2014

    I was looking for a book to take on this year's holiday to Spain, a piece of travel writing rather than a travel guide, and coming across 'Three Sheets to the Wind', it was only a moment or two before I realised it was the same Pete Brown who had written the wonderful 'Shakespeare's Local' about the history of the 'George Inn' in Shoreditch. So the deal was done, and I knew I was going to enjoy this. In fact by the time I came to my visit to Alicante, I had already finished the chapter on Spain and the Spanish beer culture, but it didn't matter, because Mr Brown had still got to take in Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, the United States, Japan, Germany, Denmark....oh and his native Barnsley! Rest assured, this is no boring tome that will only be of interest to those who are interested in the intricacies of the brewing process, this is first and foremost about the enjoyment of beer, and how national identities and cultures are forged by it. And to reiterate a point: when I say beer, I don't mean just real ale, as lager, stouts, fruit beers and pils are given their due reverence too. It is as much a piece of travel writing, taking in history, architecture, politics, brewing dynasties, economics and cuisine. It's also a sly satire on brewing conglomerate 'Anheuser-Busch' ('where making friends is our business!') who appear more or less throughout the book as a running joke/villain and mark Mr Brown out as a satirist to rival the great Michael Moore.Of course, you'll probably get the most out of this book if beer is your tipple of choice, and it's actually quite hard to read without wanting to have a glass of whatever he's drinking at the time to reach, (I popped out to the supermarket on more than one occasion to hunt down various bottles, despite what he says about drinking on your own) and furthermore a lot of pleasure I gained from it was because I've visited many of the countries already and drunk in one or two of the same bars as he has (well, it feels like I have anyway!). Just as 'Shakespeare's Local' made me go and visit the 'George Inn' you'll want to book a flight as soon as possible - I've got to go to Germany's 'Oktoberfest' and 'Nyhavn' in Denmark before I die!..If I did have a of quibble, I'd say it would have been nice to have had some photographs of him on his various nights out across the globe. This is a book you'll want to share with friends (like a beer!) and it's already on this year's Christmas list for my good friend in Belgium Mr Herwig Six.Oh, and the final chapter, which is a bit like the last drink in the local after everyone else has jst left, is simultaneously depressing, poignant and uplifting. So here's to you Mr Brown...

  • By Guest on 17 September 2009

    The first of Pete's books I read was 'Hops & Glory'. On having finished that I moved straight on to this book, and after the high I felt from the former, the latter has been equally enthralling.I've travelled a lot, lived outside of the UK for years, enjoyed beers wherever I've gone, but it's only having read Pete's books that I've started to look at beer worldwide in a completely new light. Pete invites us to savour beer, to enjoy what it's offering us (as long as it's not from Budweiser in the US) in terms of colour, aroma, flavour, social lubrication, etc.This book has made me want to travel again, to go back to some of those places that I've been (many of which Pete visits) and to re-assess what I experienced there.Bravo, a wonderful piece of beery travel writing.

  • By Beagle Boy on 10 December 2007

    I picked this up fearing some kind of Bill Bryson-with-booze comedy travelogue but was pleasantly surprised. Brown is a man who is clearly enchanted with beer and it's importance in our social history and contemporary culture both at home and abroad. He travels to various cities in countries renowned for their inhabitants' love of beer - Ireland, Denmark, America, Australia etc., to see how they do things there and why. He explores the differences in approach to beer-brewing, consumption and related folklore in foreign lands - and also the similarities many of us will recognize. It's actually a tricky premise for a novel in that it could come over as a dusty work of sociology or end up like Pete McCarthy's jokey, shallow, over-rated "McCarthy's Bar". But Brown pulls it off with fresh writing, genuine wit, telling insight and above all a great affinity for the places he visits and the people he meets. My one quibble would be with the bits of dialogue with friends at the outset of the early chapters which read as bit studenty and unfunny. Intended to provide the author with a justification device for his travels, they just annoy.That's a small complaint however about an otherwise excellent read.

  • By Carl Elliott on 9 January 2008

    Anyone enjoys beer (responsibly of course)and drinking should read this book. Not only is it funny and well written, but it also highlights a very important point thats relevant to our country. Why can every other country in the world get drunk and not start fighting?This is one of those books that you are truly gutted about it ending.I can't recommend this book enough, also try 'Man walks into a pub' a very close second in the beer related book chart!


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