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A Beer in the Loire
A Beer in the Loire

A Beer in the Loire


324 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781999613563

Rights: US, CA & CAR

Muswell Press (Oct 2019)

Price: $15.95


One family's quest to brew British beer in the heart of French wine country—funny, endearing and sometimes just plain surreal

Tommy Barnes was fed up; frustrated by his boring job, loathing the daily commute and to cap it all, failing to make it as a stand-up comedian. But he didn't break; he made himself redundant and took off to France with girlfriend Rose. Settled in a dilapidated house in the Loire they are plagued by calamities (mainly of Tommy's making), excitable neighbors, a destructive puppy and an unexpected pregnancy. When it looks like the money has run out. Tommy has an epiphany. Beer will save him, of course it will, it always has. After all there is a craft beer revolutions sweeping the world. Sadly it turns out that 20 years of drinking beer doesn't qualify you to brew it. Featuring colorful characters, a stunning location, and an inspiring collection of beer recipes, this is an irresistible feast.


"Wackadoodle, often plain surreal but always endearing, this hard-knocks-life memoir is a riot." —France Today

"Inevitably comparisons will be made to Peter Mayle's writings on Provence, but A Beer in the Loire adds another dimension by setting out the difficulties of setting up a brewery. It also includes, as chapter headings, some very interesting recipes for brewing IPA, which readers might like to attempt. . . . A Beer in the Loire is both entertaining and informative. . . . If, like the late Peter Mayle, Tommy Barnes decides to write a sequel it will be a must to read." —Travel Begins at 40

Author Biography

Tommy Barnes worked as a graphic designer in London while performing as a stand-up comedian in his spare time. Happily made redundant, he set off to find a new life in France with his girlfriend Rose and this is their story.