Monday, 15 February 2010
Edwardian beers are familiar, yet alien. The same names for quite different beers. Their obvious connection with modern British beers gives them resonance. Studying them is like investigating your family tree. Great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. Relatives resting in their graves long before your birth, yet not totally disconnected. Perhaps your grandfather had met one.
It's more than nostalgia. Understanding the genealogy of our beer can only enrich us. Make us appreciate it even more as we learn of it hard times and bitter struggles.
This isn't just a disguised plug for mine and Kristen's book. Really. Not even a link, see?