Golden Pint ’76 Awards

Golden Pints 76

Yes­ter­day, we offered our two pen­n’orth on 2012, but that got us think­ing about how, with infla­tion in mind, the Gold­en Pint Awards might have looked sev­er­al decades ago, just as the real ale craze was kick­ing off. With thanks to Barm aka @robsterowski for unearthing the orig­i­nal logo, here are some extracts from Boak and Bai­ley’s Beer Newslet­ter, Decem­ber 1976, scanned from the tat­tered copy kept in a shoe­box in the attic.

Scan of text from the December 1976 Boak and Bailey beer newsletter.

15 thoughts on “Golden Pint ’76 Awards”

  1. How strange that you’ll find today’s hip­sters drink­ing from dim­pled glass­es just like the one above, as they adjust their man­buns.

    I was speak­ing to a guy who is now one of Hong Kong’s biggest inde­pen­dent beer importers yes­ter­day, who told me he got into “craft” beer in Wis­con­sin in the mid-1990s through drink­ing Old Peculi­er.

    Hol­sten was, indeed, actu­al­ly quite good (or at least not so bad), until the mar­ke­teers got hold of it in the UK and decid­ed to tweak it to make it more like Beck­’s, in an attempt to cap­ture some of Beck­’s sales. Of course, it failed to do that, and lost all the drinkers who liked it for what it had been …

    Richard Boston went on in 1977 to launch The Vole, a ‘Green’ mag­a­zine sad­ly about 20 years ahead of its time which last­ed just three years. Con­trib­u­tors includ­ed Ter­ry Jones – beery link, he helped fund the Pen­rhos brew­ery, one of Wales’s ear­ly micros – and Miles King­ton, who wrote a fan­tas­ti­cal­ly fun­ny col­umn in The Times and then the Inde­pen­dent, and whose father used to run the Bor­der brew­ery in Wrex­ham.

    1. When was Hol­sten changed? It’s one of the first beers I remem­ber actu­al­ly enjoy­ing the taste of, as an end-of-shift drink in the hotel where I worked as a teenag­er.

    2. Not just hip­sters drink­ing out of dim­pled glass­es Mar­tyn. If I catch a barper­son putting my pint in one, I’ll stop ’em and ask (like Michael Caine in ‘Get Carter’) for a thin glass

  2. Hol­sten was my tip­ple at the end of the 1970s and ear­ly 80s, could get 10 bot­tles down on a Fri­day night, no hang­over Sat am as I watched Sal­ly James on Tiswas with a full Eng­lish on my lap.

      1. Actu­al­ly, hav­ing fol­lowed the link, not that one, the type­writ­ter one… Would be ace for doing old style Ker­nel like labels!

  3. Wow what a trip down mem­o­ry lane. Hol­sten was indeed the drink of choice for many of us young dudes-all the sug­ar turns to alco­hol, don’t you know-but it was an acquired taste, as they say. Then they start­ed brew­ing it over here, putting it in cans, bring­ing out non-alco­hol ver­sions and the mag­ic fad­ed. Hap­py days, though.

    Brah­n­ms and Liszt? The one in Man­ches­ter? Now, you’re talk­ing.

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