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Publisher's Summary

The original India Pale Ale was pure gold in a glass; a beer specially invented, in the 19th century, to travel halfway around the world and arrive in perfect condition for a cold drink on an Indian verandah. But although you can still buy beers with 'IPA' on the label they are a pale imitation of the original. For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, and the man carrying it is Pete Brown, Britain's best beer writer.

Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he make it that far, having fallen in the canal a few miles out of Burton? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world, what will the real IPA taste like? Weaving first-class travel writing with assured comedy, this is both a rollicking history of the Raj and an entertaining, groundbreaking experiment to recreate the finest beer ever produced.

©2010 Pete Brown (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A must read for the beer geek!

This phenomenal book, which is part documentary and part history lesson, gives the reader a fantastic insight into the back story of what is arguably the most important style of beer on earth, the pale ale. Pete Brown takes you with him through his unbelievable journey to India, all the while teaching you the rich details encompassing what was once the world's most popular beer style. Written with a perfect layer of dry wit, performed masterfully by Cameron Stewart, you will find yourself captivated and amazed at the facts behind everyone's favorite drink.

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More Than a Beer Story

If you could sum up Hops and Glory in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining Beyond Beer

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Discovering the history of Britain's East India Company was something I didn't expect and feel I was clueless about before this book. What we were taught in school seems to been a farce. Cameron Stewart's voicing made it all the more compelling.

Have you listened to any of Cameron Stewart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first listen to a book as read by Cameron Stewart, and he was good enough, that he's the first Voice Actor I've searched for as a result. He's got a great tone and emotion to his voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Finding just how ruthless "The Company" was is a chilling discovery. The history of India is something I now want to dive into and learn more about.

Any additional comments?

I love beer. IPA include. I appreciated it even more now. And have a great appreciation for Pete Brown's willingness to suffer for us.

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The story of IPAs rise, fall & re-rise.

I had the same experience of the author with regards to Bridgeport beer. I need to goto Burton now.

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Funny and engaging

Any body the loves IPA beer and enjoys a good laugh will love this travel/history book.

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  • Carlton
  • 12-06-17

Good book but very Smug

What did you like most about Hops and Glory?

It's fun. It's about beer and it's very informative.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator...he is so smug. I just can't handle more than half an hour at a time. I wish I'd have read the book instead.

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  • jason oleary
  • 11-26-17

History, beer and epic travel

What more could you ask for, well a good narrator would be nice, so getting a really, really good one set this book off superbly.

Thank you for this wonderful book that I couldn't stop listening to and felt sorry when done that there wasnt any more.

Consoled myself with a couple of choice IPAs.

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  • kenneth
  • 09-28-17

Wish I'd just read the book

A good story as ever with Pete. Spoilt by the narration, l know he doesn't speak in R.P. and I'm fairly sure his lovely Welsh wife does not sound like "Lady Isabell Barnet". I found This jarring all the way through. As I say should have read the book.

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  • Rogayah
  • 06-18-17

India Pale Ale, its rise and fall

What a good idea to retrace and research the history of IPA (India Pale Ale) as it was finally called. Why should a beer brewed in England be taken to India? At what cost, both in the past and now to the author? Where is it now?

All these questions and more are told by Pete Brown in this informative and entertaining book on IPA, the Brewing history of England, India and the sailing ships of old.

Well narrated in a crisp lively manner that made good listening.

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  • iLard
  • 01-17-17

Well researched but muddled

Took me a few chapters to get used to the [apparently] hapless author, but enjoyed the well researched material. Blending the travel story with the history was not well executed. Generally it all comes across as disjointed and muddled.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 03-10-16

I have now got to drink a pint of real IPA

Fascinating story bits I thought I knew, so much I didn't...but much I hadn't recognised that I'd grown up with.

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