Last Monday’s edition of New Tricks focused on beer and breweries. The story was ludicrous even by the usual standards of this programme (which we kind of like…). It had the team investigating the 10-year-old case of the death of a promising young brewer in a fermentation vessel at a traditional family brewery. However daft the plot, which features a secret beer recipe, arguments over the provenance of the malt, and brewing dynasticism, there’s plenty for the beer geek to enjoy:
- trying to guess which brewery they used for filming;
- pondering which industrial brewers would really be using open fermentation vessels in this day and age;
- product placement for Fullers, Theakstons and possibly Special Brew (although has that become a generic term for super-strength crap lager now?);
- wondering whether they filmed the beer festival scene at a real festival or just got CAMRA to help with posters etc;
- lazy stereotypes about gastro pubs vs traditional boozers (Eg gastro = female friendly and crap beer); and
- old codgers complaining that the beer doesn’t taste as good as it used to.
You can enjoy it for yourself through BBC I-player. But you’ve only got until 21:00 on Monday 11th.