A wide ranging history of beer brewing (and cider & mead making, not forgetting whisky distilling) in Wales. Starting with monastic brewing then home brewing (particularly in S.W. Wales) and the rise of industrial breweries the author charts the progress of the Welsh brewing tradition (including the Guinness connection). However in the last decades of the 20th century the expanding English nationals steadily mopped up the Welsh breweries leaving only Brains and a few others surviving in the principality. On a happier note the author describes the new micro breweries in Wales, and celebrates the success of Brains brewery and the perseverance of the surviving smaller breweries of the principality.