Despite spending more than a week in London sidling up to people saying “Pssst! Wanna buy a book about beer?” we managed a decent number of posts in June.
[ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]We’ve noticed a distinctly improved malt character in the last two pale ales we’ve brewed at home, and think we know why…[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]For the Session #88, we asked people to try ‘traditional beer mixes’. Here’s our contribution.[/ezcol_2third_end]
→ A letter from former CAMRA chairman James Lynch prompted us to consider whether beer geeks owe a debt to the old regional brewers.
→ In the first part of a series, we finally got round to trying Mackeson Stout, as recommended by Michael ‘Beer Hunter’ Jackson in the first beer guide we ever bought.
→ And in the second part, we tried Williams Bros Ebulum.
→ The launch of St Austell Korev in cans led us to ponder the meaning of those little tins that are so fashionable these days — what message do they send?
→ A 1995 edition of The Grist magazine shone a light on a turning point in British beer culture.
→ A few interesting beer-related projects have emerged or are underway, from podcasts to print magazines.
→ Our week away wasn’t just about flogging books — we also got to gorge on the kinds of beers we rarely see in Cornwall.
→ Inspired by a 1964 book we picked up in London, we wrote about the Britannia, a British pub installed at the 1958 Brussels World Fair, aka Expo 58.
→ Do tasters given away by pubs and bars impact on their margin? And do they pass the cost on to drinkers?
→ Another in a month of firsts: we finally got to try Greene King XX Mild, which we were beginning to doubt really existed. (“But it’s really common where I live, ten yards from the brewery!”)
→ Four new instalments in our video series The Strange Rebirth of British Beer in 10 Objects went live.
→ And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, check out the links in our weekly round-ups of news, nuggets and longreads.