It’s The Beer Talking

Ian Claytons memoir on a life of adventures in public houses. ‘Brimming with laughter, tall stories, great memories and endless rounds of wonderful beer. It’s also a call to arms to save this unique institution.’ – Roger Protz, Editor Good Beer Guide 2000-2018

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ISBN: 978-1901927-74-0
Extent: 264pp

Author: Ian Clayton

*** Winner of The British Guild of Beer Writers Award for Best Writer about Pubs ***

Ian’s book is brimming with laughter, tall stories, great memories and endless rounds of wonderful beer. It’s also a call to arms to save this unique institution. Roger Protz, Editor Good Beer Guide 2000-2018

Where do we go to meet old friends? What is our first port of call when we want to show new mates something that speaks about our identity? The pub of course, or better still our local.

Author Ian Clayton embarked on a lifelong love affair with local pubs in the middle of the 1970s. He has raised a glass in neighbourhood bars around the world for more than forty years. His stories are intertwined with quests to find perfect pints and peoples’ palaces and about joining in with the joy he finds in the unique gathering place we call the public house.

He moves across the generations and boundaries to take a glimpse at what makes the pub tick. Humorous and poignant by turns, It’s The Beer Talking tells of the laughter, the tears, the cheers, the remembering and forgetting, but most of all the camaraderie we all crave. This book will resonate with anyone who as ever uttered that immortal phrase, ‘Do you fancy a pint?’

‘A beautiful, strange, dark chronicle of a lifetime spent in pubs and bars. I rather like Ian Clayton. His style is so refreshing, so sweet, and ever so slightly nutty.’ Times Literary Supplement

Ian Clayton was four when he first tasted beer. That stolen mouthful from his grandad’s pint was important, it helped mark Ian’s path through life.  Here he develops this well-established theme and goes further by proving that every pub has a story to tell.  This book is filled with amazing characters who, along with Ian, have kept the pub alive and let the beer continue to do the talking. Barrie Pepper, former Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers

Ian’s love and appreciation of beer, pubs and the people that frequent them is obvious. His adventures in various locals around the world are both entertaining and poignant. Mark Seaman, Revolutions Brewery

Fermented magic. A heartfelt adventure of beer, tears and laughter. In my pub I often hear the line ‘You couldn’t write it’. Ian just has. Samantha Smith, Award Winning Landlady, Mallinson’s Brewery Taphouse

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Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton is an author, broadcaster and storyteller from Featherstone, West Yorkshire. His stories are about making sense of where we come from. His books include Bringing It All Back Home, a bestselling book about music; Song For My Father about his lifelong search for a father figure; Our Billie about loss; and It's The Beer Talking, about adventures in public houses.


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A note from Ian Clayton about his book It's The Beer Talking: Adventures in Public Houses


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