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It’s all about the people – A History of the International Brewing Awards

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IBA logo Good writing and journalism is about telling other people’s stories well.

The best commentators are able to take, what at first sight might be a dull subject and make it compelling reading.

The story of the International brewing Awards (IBA) is not one which immediately captures the imagination, after all it can be little more than a long, list of different beers?

In this book, Brewing Champions – A History of the International Brewing Awards, Adrian Tierney-Jones tells a story which amazes and galvanises.

The narrative is underpinned by not just a love of beer but the importance of robust historical analysis often from primary sources.

And above all it tells the story of the ardent and dedicated people who are proud to call themselves brewers.

International-Brewing-Awards-name-Championship-winnersThe International Brewing awards is the longest established brewing competition in the world. First held in 1888 at the Agricultural Hall, Islington on north London.

Across three centuries the awards provide an annual snapshot into the world of beer – and an insight into how the once conservative and narrow spectre of British brewing has grown to embrace a multitude of styles, ingredients and continents.

But, it is the brewers themselves who are the stars of this book – it is their triumphs and disasters, rivalries and friendships which turn what could be just be a stodgy list of beers into an illuminating, insight into our world.

As the current chairman of the IBA Bill Taylor says “Adrian in one book has created a history book, a story book and a reference book.

“I feel that this book should be seen as the beginning of something and it is a work that begs to be continued in the future.”

IMG_20150506_072804022Brewing Champions – A History of the International Brewing Awards, Adrian Tierney-Jones.

Published by the by the BFBi and for details on how to buy itplease email info@bfbi.org.uk.

Written by timhampson

May 6, 2015 at 7:03 am