Here’s a summary of our nineteen blog posts from last month. (We’re going to try to round up like this every month from now on — good idea, or not?)
- We started the month with an anti-wishlist for beer on TV, suggesting six plausible but unappealing formats, including Top Beer and A Very Dry History of British Beer (for BBC Four).
- We pondered on our experience of wheat beer in Lindau, struggling to work out whether it is a ‘dumbed down’ style or accessibly complex.
- For Session #80, we came off the fence and expressed optimism that there is plenty of room yet for more breweries and more diversity in the UK beer market.
- We spoke at the Eden Project beer festival for the second year running and were posed some interesting questions by audience members — why don’t more people drink mild?
- We suggested a checklist of signs of a healthy beer culture. (Responses from Bryan Betts and Leigh Linley.)
- Way back in 1975, a CAMRA member called Dave Bennett proposed a vocabulary for tasting beer.
- Thirty-odd-year-old Adnams’ Tally Ho was interesting to drink, if not exactly pleasurable.
- As part of an ongoing series, we tried to work out some guidance for writing the names of family brewers.
- We reviewed Dark Star Belgian IPA, and raved about a pub in Mevagissey which seemed stuck in a time warp.
- In the last of our What We Did on our Holidays posts, we wrote about our brief exploration of the beer scene in Strasbourg.
- We shared an 1895 account of a visit to the George Inn, Southwark, by two female pubgoers.
- We wondered whether big/extreme/craft beer might be the equivalent of loud/intense/angry music which appeals to adolescents.
- We reviewed Michael Pollan’s book Cooked, drawing out links to beer and brewing.
- Giving you all a month’s notice in case you want to join in, we announced that we’re posting something long on 30 November.
- We reviewed the new ‘bookazine’ for home brewers and considered its significance as an indicator of beer’s status.
- In response to a vexing email from a big beer PR person, we suggested one way knackered old lager brands might be revived: honesty.
- And, finally, we published a spooky story about beer for Halloween.
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