Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Writing A Book (help)

I am writing a book about beer and saving the pub. Well, more of a Swift-style Modest Proposal (although there is no current plan to feed children to anyone).

Do let me know if you have any thoughtful or hilarious beer quotes (and, yes, I have the Benjamin Franklin one) or any other thoughts/ideas.

I am obliged to you all.


  1. Pretty obvious one, but I like:

    "Life isn't all beer and skittles; but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education."

    Tom Brown's School Days - Thomas Hughes

  2. That's terrific and also helpful. Not having read TBSD (only Flashman) it's new to me. Many thanks.

  3. Have you checked out the underground brewing scene? Keep meaning to post on it...

  4. No I haven't. Would love an intro. Can you assist?

  5. Jack Handey:-
    "Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.""

    Our lager,
    Which art in barrels,
    Hallowed be thy drink.
    Thy will be drunk, (I will be drunk), At home as it is in the pub.
    Give us this day our foamy head, And forgive us our spillages, As
    we forgive those who spill against us.
    And lead us not to incarceration, But deliver us from hangovers.
    For thine is the beer, The bitter, The lager.
    Forever and ever,

  6. Does the pub need saving? If people don't go to the pub it'll close. If people don't go to the pub they won't miss it when it closes.

    The pub is changing, not dieing out. Part of that change could well be fewer pubs that serve a different purpose to the ones at present. It's evolution.


  7. You may have already read this – myself being a bar owner for the last 7 years had only recently stumbled across it –

    Greetings from Hong Kong! Will be in the UK next summer so will stop by.

  8. That's fabulous disuye. Many thanks. We'll find a use for it.