Ale and Hearty: Gleanings from the History of Brews and Brewing - Alan WykesLondon: Jupiter Books Limited, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Title page vignette; Appendix;
From the cover: “Since Osiris first introduced beer into Egypt some 4000 years ago, this strange alcoholic brown liquid has undergone many changes to reach the ‘real ales’ and their more gaseous counterparts known so well today throughout the plastic oak-beamed hostelries of Britain.
In Ale & Hearty, Alan Wykes traces its origins both geographical and philological in a gallimaufry of history and anecdote. He also examines the rise and development of the pub or drinking house, and discusses the differences between ‘beer’ and ‘ale’, the introduction of hops to Britain, and the connexion between brewing and holy orders.
There is also a discussion of the legal aspects of beer merchandising and manufacture, the forming of the Brewers’ Company, and the involvement of Lord Mayor (‘Dick’) Whityngton. The connexion between beer and Christmas is dealt with in detail and the derivations of such words as ‘brewster’, ‘scot-free’, ‘taking down a peg’, and ‘Bede-ale’ are explained.
The book contains many humorous anecdotes and quotations from the literature of the subject, including ‘sir John Barley-corne’ and extracts from ‘Beowulf, and thus is of equal interest both to the student of social history and the casual reader.
Ale & Hearty is delightfully illustrated throughout with woodcuts, engravings and line drawings from all periods in the history of beer and brewing.”