This fascinating book provides a history of the brewers that have operated in the present county of Kent, and the book includes a whole mine of information on local inns and taverns and the brewing industry in the area.
This book represents over 30 years of careful and painstaking research into the brewing firms that operated in the county, and attempts to list all the brewing firms that existed in Kent over the last 300 years! Some of the early brewers were just producing beer for their own domestic purposes, while others were brewing for the local ale house or tavern, but regardless of their origins, the author traces each enterprise so that a complete history of each firm is presented.
There are 144 towns, villages and hamlets recorded in the book and the index runs to over 1,300 entries showing how influential the industry was in the county. Some of these breweries small but others extremely large and influential, and each one is listed., including dates of operation and other known facts (entries are in chronological order under a place heading with the story of each brewing site continuing to its conclusion, be that closure, take-over or modern day trading). Many of the individual histories are illustrated with adverts, labels and photographs, some in colour.
In this book you can find out about many of the names still familiar to us today - such as Fremlins, Mackesons, and of course Shepherd Neame. Learn how 'Sheps' came to be the oldest Brewery in Britain, and discover why many of the local breweries of Kent fell beside the wayside.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases but is clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.