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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We Are All Children of Pattinson and Cornell Now

By my count, the latest book in the Brewers Publication styles series, IPA by Mitch Steele, is 39% historical material.  The pages are festooned with familiar graphs--well, familiar to anyone who makes this place a regular stop.  In case any wankers like me were going to get all OCB wiki on them, Brewers Publications made sure this quote was placed in the press release: 

This will be an excellent addition to the literature on IPA.
Martyn Cornell, author of Amber, Gold, & Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers
And you find 29 separate entries under various Hodgson-related topics, which will put certain minds at ease.  Martyn and Ron have permanently changed the way we write, talk, and think about beer.  Not bad for a couple of bloggers.  (Blogs will save us.)


  1. A small point of order. Martyn earned "Beer Writer of the Year 2003" from the British Guild of Beer Writers well before he began blogging.

    Also, consider this bit of advice: How to be a beer historian in just 10 books.

  2. Being a blogger doesn't preclude other writing--in fact, the two have certain synergies. When I call someone a blogger, it's not an epithet.

  3. Well-written, Jeff. While I think you correctly praise the people who have raised the bar on beer writing, as I have also told you, though, with increasing frustration, you might also practice what you preach.

  4. As a former archivist (and archaeologist, but that's another story), I'm happy to see more people consulting primary sources, and I certainly believe both men are the drivers in this field. I've also just written something that relies heavily on both writers' research (that they've made available both in print and online - and with credit given in said post, of course) - I just wish I had more time (and proximity) to dig into some of the collections they have - as well as those they haven't gotten to yet!