by Christopher Routledge - £14.95 Liverpool University Press (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846311505 | ISBN 10: 1846311500
The story of Cain's, like the story of Liverpool, is one of passion, ambition and graft. It takes in immigration, global trade, terrible poverty and vast wealth.
In just two generations the Cain family went from the slums of Irish Liverpool to a seat in the House of Lords. As the city grew so did the brewery, and as it struggled, so Cain's fought for survival. At the height of Liverpool's fortunes Robert Cain owned 200 public houses across Merseyside, including the world-famous Philharmonic Dining Rooms - 'The Phil' - which he built.
City and brewery have highs and lows of recent Liverpool history and the revival of Cain's by another immigrant family, the Dusanjs, in the twenty-first century is matched by the city's own recovery and reinvention.
Here, then, is the story of Liverpool in a pint.
"Cains Brewery and its beers are woven into the history and culture of Liverpool."
(Sir Peter Blake)
"A fascinating and exhilarating story of a great Liverpool institution still brewing great beer. Beer lovers will delight in this book."
(Roger Protz, Editor, Good Beer Guide)
(Price & availability last checked: September 2018)