New beer books. They're ten a penny. New beer books offering something genuinely new. Now they're a rarity.
You might have noticed that I have a bit of an interest in beer history. All beer history from everywhere. But to keep things vaguely realistic, I've managed - with great difficulty - to limit my researcdh to a few key countries: the UK, Germany and USA. The rest? Well, others will need to take care of that. Not that there have been any takers. Until now.
In Bronzed Brews, Peter Symons takes a close look at the beer brewed in Australia from colonial times to the 1970's. Like my own work, his relies heavily on brewing records. A criminally underused resource, if you ask me. But he doesn't just examine Australian brews, he's also looked at the British beers from which they evolved*. Which makes the book doubly fascinating. And demonstrates one of my main points about beer styles: that they evolve and mutate when moved to a new environment.
The home brewers among you will be pleased to learn that the book includes 40-odd historic Australian recipes. I'm particularly keen on looking at those for Stout.