We’re going to be away for two weeks, gadding about Germany and France with our Bradshaw and a fistful of Baedekers.
In the meantime, here are some nuggets to chew on.
- We’re going to ‘go long’ again on 30 November. What we write will probably have a Christmas theme. Once again, we’d be delighted if you joined us, like this lot did last week.
- As people digest the news that Greene King are (inevitably) launching a crafty sub-brand, we’ve been reading (courtesy of Don Burgess once again) about the nineteen-nineties speciality/‘guest beer’ bandwagon. Here’s a passage from SIBA’s Grist magazine c.1994:
Indeed as the big brewers launch ‘badged’ beers to try to create the impression of ‘guests’ and attempt to steal the micros’ clothes with limited edition ales (Whitbread should learn to brew one beer properly before they try to brew a Classic Series reckons Don), competition is not just within the sector, but for the sector.
- The various accounts of the Great British Beer Festival and London Craft Beer Festival which have appeared in the blogoshire of late add up to an interesting composite picture, and are all well worth reading together: Zythophile | The Beer Diary | The Evening Brews | Jordan St. John (again).
- This post about London breweries by Barm is an excellent read, reminiscent of recent efforts by the Evening Brews team, and particularly notable for the well-observed description of a new style: ‘London Murky’.
- On our return, we’ll be speaking at the Eden Project’s food and drink festival, this time on the subject of historical beer styles and their influence on what’s available on the market right now. We’re writing the script on our hols, so that’s all we know for the moment, except that we’re hoping to use St Austell Proper Job and 1913 Stout in the tasting.
- And, finally, if you’ve ever wondered what the HELL we look like, you might want to keep an eye on Enormous Face, where a ‘guest post’ is imminent.