Old British Beers and How To Make Them
The Circle's interest in old beers originated in 1972 when Dr John Harrison read 'A History of English Ale and Beer' by H.A, Monkton. An unwritten assumption pervading the book was that Porters, Indian Pale Ale and other beers had changed since the early 1800s and no one would drink the likes of those beers again!
It was agreed that one of the Circle's core activities should be research into Old Beers, to brew them and to evaluate the results. The Circle continues this work to this day and we now know that beers ranging from the merely interesting to the superb can be made using the formulations found in brewing ledgers from long gone breweries.
Old British Beers and How to Make Them was written so that other homebrewers and craftbrewers could benefit from our research and a taste of history is there for all to try. The booklet was first published in 1976, revised in 1991 and reprinted in 1993. The latest edition was revised in 2003.