School of Booze

An Insider's Guide to Libations, Tipples and Brews

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 7 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849534758

About the book

Humans were seeking out alcohol millions of years before the word ‘keg’ was invented. This book contains everything you have ever wanted to know about drink, from how to make absinthe to the cultural history of zythos (beer). Packed with fascinating miscellany and curious facts to entertain your friends at the pub, this book is an essential compendium of knowledge about life’s ‘second greatest pleasure’ (according to essayist Dr Samuel Johnson). It is the perfect gift for yourself, or for anyone who enjoys raising a glass to good health. Bottoms up!

About the author

Jane Peyton is an author, after-dinner speaker, and Principal of School of Booze, an events company, where she produces and presents beer, cider, and wine tasting experiences. She is a beer sommelier, enthusiastic advocate for matching beer with food rather than wine, and instigator of Beer Day Britain (the UK’s national beer day).


'Jane Peyton serves up an intoxicating brew of drinking lore, boozy anecdotes and hop-driven history - this is the sort of school I wish I'd gone to.'

Adrian Tierney-Jones, beer writer and author of Great British Pubs

Whether it's the words for 'hangover' in Swedish, the beer-related miracles of Brigit of Kildare, or the three classifications of a drunk in Japan, you'll find it all in here, as beer sommelier Jane Peyton takes us on an enjoyable tour of all things alcoholic.

Covering all types of drink, from absinthe through to whisky, one swiftly realises that Jane is as much a lover of words and history as she is of booze. Where else will you find the origins of the phrases 'fill your boots' and 'scot free' within a few pages?

Just like those conversations down the pub, this is a mix of fun, fancy and facts, presented with Jane's refreshing charisma and engaging enthusiasm. Hear about the best hangover cure in Korea, how beer was used to treat gum disease in Egypt, and why buying a round was banned in World War I.

You are hereby cordially invited to join the principal of the School of Booze for an entertaining jollification.


Susanna Forbes,

'Jane Peyton's passion for the subject shines through on every page of this riotous, irreverent journey through the world of drink. Chock full of fascinating drinks trivia too.'

Alice Lascelles, columnist, The Times, and founding editor of Imbibe magazine

'The perfect starter to a great pub conversation. Will launch a thousand sentences that begin with the words, "I bet you didn't know..."'

Pete Brown, author of Man Walks into a Pub and Hops and Glory