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CAMRA's 101 Beer Days Out

by Tim Hampson

There’s more to beer than pints in a pub. That’s the message that CAMRA sends out with this new guidebook, compiled by Tim Hampson.

101 Beer Days OutHampson is chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers and, on top of many years as a freelance journalist, was once a key player in the Brewers’ Society, so he’s been around the block, so to speak.

In this colourful, informative book, he draws on all that experience to put together an inviting selection of fun things to do on a day out – all of which are centred on great beer.

Yes, there are the obvious pub crawls, beer festivals and brewery visitor centres that you should not miss, but the book also thinks laterally about what constitutes an enjoyable beer experience.

Hence you will find suggestions for a rail tour through Norfolk, an encounter with the World’s Biggest Liar in Cumbria, explorations of country house brewing and courses you can follow to become a brewer.

If you’ve never considered taking part in the Faversham Hop Festival, now’s your chance to find out what it’s all about. If malt remains a mystery, then the Tucker’s Maltings tour will explain all. If books are your bag, pay a visit to the Hay-on-Wye Ale and Literature Festival.

If I were to list in detail any more of the 101 suggestions made by Tim it would obviously undermine the purpose of the book, but I will just add that you will find museums, stately homes, farms, battlefields, coastal paths and, of course, some of the UK’s most fascinating pubs all gathered together, and arranged by region, in this neat, clearly laid-out volume.

I reckon it’s a good investment if you travel a lot, particularly with the family, when it’ll no doubt allow you to partake of a sneaky few pints without causing any domestic tension.

First edition (2012)

224-page paperback (CAMRA Books)


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