Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880
This book is groundbreaking both in its quality and scope in addressing the history of the application of science in brewing. Sumner succeeds in putting brewing practice into the commercial, political, fiscal, social and scientific/technological context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. His is a beautifully-written book with a lucid, well structured presentation . . . scholarly and entertaining. This book is to brewhouse what the revered book by Peter Mathias, The Brewing Industry in England 1700–1830, is to the counting house. There can be no higher praise.