I am about 80% through a mad 140,000 experiment over the last year in serial co-authoring with Max, Jordan and Craig. We have worked well together, seldom snapped and explored things that I have wondered about for years fairly deeply. It has been fun and more than fun. I am grateful. But this is not about me. Because while I have been doing that I have been watching Boak and Bailey write and discuss their upcoming publication, Brew Britannia. They wrote something today that struck me. I have no idea what it was. Not because it was a passing comment but because it was and is a comment among so many over the years. There are so few of us left, the non-journalist beer bloggers who wrote before the great recession. Maybe I cling to them. There was even a tiny Oldie Olson tweet-fest about it this week. That was nice.
But is not that sort of past that has me interested in this book. If I have learned one thing from writing so much beer history is that each door opens a room with seven doors as each of those doors do and so on and so on. I fear I have summarized too much here, left an anecdote out there. But I don't care. And I don't care because I know others are doing the same and especially that these two have taken on a massive topic that I have not really drilled into - Britain in my lifetime. Nor have many else. Sure, there are plenty of guides, biographies and articles. But modern history? Brave, that's what that is. Nuts but but brave.