When I founded my business School of Booze to educate about and celebrate alcohol I could not have imagined that I would be espousing Low-No Alcohol beer and wishing that pubs had a better selection. Like many people my first experience of alcohol-free was a near beer version of pale lager, lacking hops and body, tasting of cardboard, and resembling soap suds in water. Never again I pledged. And that’s how it remained until years later when I was commissioned to write a feature about the growth in low and non-alcohol beers. For research I sampled several different styles and particularly enjoyed the highly hopped pale ales and milk stout. Soon I felt rather buzzed and repeatedly checked that they really were no more than 0.5% ABV. Then I realised that because it tasted like beer my brain responded by rewarding me with all the pleasure and none of the pain. Sisters and brothers, I’ve seen the light!
My first novel has been published and has received recognition by Shelf Unbound (American media organisation) as one of the 100 notable independently published books!
‘Sole Brethren: If The Shoe Fits’ is a magical realism romp written under my pen name B.A. Summer. Available as a paperback and e-book from online retailers including Amazon.
Signed copies from here: Elfado Island Publishing.