Monday, 7 November 2011

Roger Protz reviews the Oxford Companion to Beer

Just in case you missed it:

http://beer-pages.com/protz/features/oxford-companion-beer.htm

Didn't he say one of his articles (coaching inns, I think) had been edited into nonsense? I wonder why he doesn't mention that. Then again, he forgets to mention writing any article in the book.


Oh, almost forgot. This came today from the nice people at OUP:



Seems I won't be getting a copy after all.

9 comments:

Steve Lamond said...

Maybe worth hiding your address?

The Beer Nut said...

It's like he's reviewing the idea of the book rather than the big papery thing with all the words in.

Ron Pattinson said...

Beer Nut, couldn't have put it better myself. It's a review he could have written two years ago.

The Beer Wrangler said...

It seems he didn't want to get involved with a serious evaluation; perhaps he didn't want to be controversial in anyway whatsoever and just gloss over any contentions with accuracy that you and Martyn have brought up.
It's a shame someone of his fame couldn't do a fair and balanced review rather than a 'puff' piece

Matt said...

Being paid to write unresearched tosh is bad enough but writing a review of a book you have co-authored without mentioning the fact is just corrupt.

First Stater said...

That 'backorder cancelled' notice needs to be framed and hung in a place of honor.

Barm said...

There was a letter in this month's What's Brewing from a former Ind Coope brewer calling Protz out for not checking his facts. Again. He just doesn't seem to care any more.

I look at the Companion like Wikipedia: there is a lot of interesting stuff there, but anything actually important needs to be checked with a reliable source.

Beerspitnight said...

This might not fit into this post, per say, but figured I would throw it out there... Garret Oliver thinks growlers are bad for beer, and since he is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Companion to Beer , he must be an expert on the subject of beer...

Ron Pattinson said...

Beerspitnight, he's entitled to his opinion.