Happy day, brothers and sisters! Here’s your Saturday morning reading sorted.
→ Thornbridge has been declared the best drinks producer in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Food Programme‘s Food and Farming awards. BrewDog came third. (The stories of both breweries are covered in some detail in Brew Britannia.)
→ Yvan Seth (who is now running a beer distribution business) has given some thought to how the cost of a pint breaks down.
(We’ve been brewing a post for while on a related subject: what impact might the introduction of the minimum wage and statutory holiday entitlement have had on the price of beer in the pub?)
→ News from Nick Mitchell of more single-hop ales from Marks & Spencer:
It did seem that the craft beer revolution had stopped being able to squeeze into its tight girl jeans and instead had pulled a nice comfy Blue Harbour rugby shirt over its growing paunch when Marks and Spencer started selling single-hopped beers…
→ Saved to Pocket this week: Simon Usborne’s piece for the Independent on how the old Usher’s brewery ended up in North Korea.
→ Our new favourite blog is The Quest for Edelstoff in which a German living in the UK attempts to perfect the home brewing of Bavarian-style beers through perseverance and precision.
→ We’re looking forward to trying this historically-inspired beer at North Bar in Leeds when we make our appearance on 19 May:
Brewed something a bit different today. Invert #1 and EKGs to the fore. 1.037. Right up my street but we'll see what everyone else thinks.
— Ridgeside Matt (@braukerl) May 2, 2014
→ And, finally, we’re no experts, doesn’t Jim Koch’s magic anti-drunkenness yeast goop only work, if and when it does, because of the placebo effect? Decide you’re not going to get drunk and you won’t? (Which goes the other way, too.)