As holidays go, you don’t get more wet behind the ears than Beer Day Britain.
The annual event was initially conceived to coincide with the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, which was June 15, 2015.
The day is furthermore the brainchild of award-winning beer author, blogger, historian, and “drinks expert” Jane Peyton, who hails from the vicinity of West London. Peyton is doing more to deepen and enhance beer history and appreciation than almost anyone. She’s a tour de force!
Although this day of zythophilic observance is new, the traditions of beer brewing and drinking in the British Isles is anything but. Some might be tempted to defer to Germany, Belgium, or even (dare it be suggested?) California as the fountainhead of beer innovation. But as the Beer Day Britain promoters remind us, if not for the alliance of the English, Scots, and Welsh, we wouldn’t have the clutch of mainstay brewing styles that includes India Pale Ale, Barley Wine, Pale Ale, Mild Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Stout, or Russian Imperial Stout. (The last so-named because that style came into its fullness as a cherished export product to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia).
While Czech-Bavarian Pilsner might be the most popular single beer from the perspective of global consumption, no other nation than Britain can boast of so many of its signatures brews being produced on a regular basis around the world.
Any beer history tome, illustrated or otherwise, would be wholly discredited were it not to lavish many pages documenting the evolution of ale and beer in Britain. And The Comic Book Story of Beer duly does its duty.
So in honor of Beer Day Britain we proudly present our sequence on the four gentlemen who founded CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) — and who in the process just about single-handedly stopped the UK’s disturbing late 20th Century trend of pub closures and general apathy to brewing grain-based fermented drinks of distinction.
Want to see more? Get The Comic Book Story of Beer from Amazon in the UK or here in the USA.