The Never Ending Pub Crawlis put together by Alan Winfield and alternates between accounts of recent expeditions and those from 30 years ago. The latter are accompanied by photographs which, though straightforward in style, have attained a certain romance with age, like this one from 1987:
We found both of the relatively new blogs above via Pubs of Manchester (@Pubs_of_Mcr on Twitter), a website of long-standing that also belongs in this list. Its author takes the time and trouble to document even the most lowly of pubs using every photograph he can harvest from private collections, old publications and various corners of the internet. A fascinating recent post, which is fairly typical, is this one about The House That Jack Built:
The House That Jack Built was a very distinctive 1970s estate pub, opening in 1975 at the newly-built Newbury Place shopping centre off Bury New Road in Higher Broughton… It was described in the Manchester Evening News at the time as ‘something entirely different’ – a maze of bars, passages and alcoves with an indoor tree house!
The tone is often rather wistful — so many of the pubs chronicled have disappeared, often only in recent years — which only underlines the importance of recording their existence before they are forgotten altogether.
A rare edition of CAMRA’s glossy magazine What’s Brewing from 1981
The 1978 Good Beer Guide
A copy of the BFI DVD set Roll Out the Barrel
A copy of Brew Britannia
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Of the overseas entries, we most enjoyed Andreas Krenmair’s ‘19th Century Brewing Methods in Germany and Austria’ which mined a couple of obscure texts for specific details on how beer was made in several important cities. Home-brewers might find prompts for some interesting experiments therein. We’ll be arranging a prize for Andreas that doesn’t involve couriering a box to Berlin.
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We said we weren’t going to do a round-up but what the heck: here are all the other posts of eligible length (1500 words+) posted to the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.
(The same quotespam website also attributes it to William Faulkner but we found a version of the same statement relating to wine in a book from 1821.)
As it is we occasionally get questions out of the blue which we always enjoy trying to answer and, a while ago, asked for submissions through our email newsletter, which led to this post about pub snacks.
Now, we’d like to try making this a regular feature, so if you have a question email email@example.com and we’ll do our best.