News, Nuggets & Longreads 27/09/2014

Adapted from Adnams, Southwold, by Martin Pettitt, via Flickr, under a Creative Commons licence.
Adapt­ed from Adnams, South­wold, by Mar­tin Pet­titt, via Flickr, under a Cre­ative Com­mons licence.

We’re off on our holidays this afternoon but have a few posts scheduled to pop up during next week. Though we’re determined not to do any work, we’ll probably have a beer or two and visit the odd pub, so expect Tweets and Facebook updates.

In the mean­time, here’s our usu­al round-up of inter­est­ing things to read around the beerier cor­ners of the the inter­net.

→ Saved to Pock­et this week: rec­ol­lec­tions of the 1940s from a for­mer employ­ee of Adnams, on their rather supe­ri­or cor­po­rate blog.

→ Also saved to read lat­er, an account of a vis­it to the Baird’s Malt plant in With­am Essex from It Comes in Pints.

→ The Cask Report 2014 has land­ed and here’s the author’s handy digest.  Pete Brown’s find­ings echoes one of the under­ly­ing argu­ments of Brew Bri­tan­nia: ‘Cask ale and craft beer are not the same thing, but nei­ther are they entire­ly sep­a­rate – there is a pret­ty big over­lap.’

Richard Tay­lor at the Beer­cast con­tin­ues to prod at Brewmeis­ter as the Adver­tis­ing Stan­dards Agency cen­sures the Scot­tish brew­er over mar­ket­ing for Snake Ven­om. There’s good stuff in com­ments, too, includ­ing more mea­sured respons­es than we’ve pre­vi­ous­ly seen from Brewmeis­ter’s Lewis Shand.

→ Sabi­na Llewellyn-Davies’s arti­cle on Lebanese craft beer for All About Beer is worth a read: ‘Lebanon does not boast a huge beer drink­ing com­mu­ni­ty; the total year­ly con­sump­tion of beer is about equal to the amount of beer con­sumed dur­ing the month long Okto­ber­fest in Munich.’

→ The Gen­tle Author at Spi­tal­fields Life has put togeth­er a list of the lan­guage of beer, includ­ing some phras­es new to us – a nog­gin of Mer­ry-Goe-Down, any­one?

→ We shared this on Twit­ter but it’s too good not to flag here as well: ‘Rick Wake­man Con­sumer Guide to the Beers of the World, by Chris Salewicz, from 1974 (enlarge­able scan of a page from the NME about halfway down).

→ There’s a lot of infor­ma­tion about beer and British cul­ture packed into this one fam­i­ly pho­to.

→ And this is nice, isn’t it?

4 thoughts on “News, Nuggets & Longreads 27/09/2014”

  1. I love that Rick Wake­man inter­view. (I would have offered to trans­late the page, but pre­cise­ly none of it is about beer – or even about Rick Wake­man – so nev­er mind.)

    For ease of ref­er­ence, here’s what they had (Wake­man’s scores; Wake­man’s com­ments in quotes, Salewicz’s in brack­ets).

    Young’s Spe­cial (9/10)
    Wat­ney’s Spe­cial (8) “Chem­i­cal beer does, of course, lay more heav­i­ly on the stom­ach. … I do like Wat­ney’s, you know. It’s always con­sis­tent.”
    Lowen­brau (5)
    Dou­ble Dia­mond (6) “rub­bery smell”
    Skol (5)
    Rud­dles Coun­ty (this rare non-chem­i­cal beer) (2) “It’s bloody ‘orri­ble … It’s like an off bar­ley wine”
    Wor­thing­ton E (-3)
    Wat­ney’s Red Bar­rel (6) “its one asset is that it’s the same wher­ev­er you go”
    Rigers (?) (His com­ments on the Rigers weren’t exact­ly flat­ter­ing)

    It sounds as if this mul­ti-ale free house was run­ning sev­en bit­ters, most of which were keg. I won­der if the Rud­dles was actu­al­ly the only cask (“non-chem­i­cal”(!)) beer they had on – which might explain it being in bad nick. And WTH’s “Rigers”? (Mis­print for Rogers? But then, what’s Rogers?)

  2. remem­ber skim­ming through that Rick Wake­man piece in school, awful music, laugh­able real­ly, King Arthur on ice etc, didn’t he end up hav­ing to give up the sauce because of his lik­ing for it and become some evan­gel­i­cal chris­t­ian or some­thing sim­i­lar­ly nut­ty in the process as well?

    1. Accord­ing to Wikipedia he’s been tee­to­tal since 1985 & “had a renew­al of his Chris­t­ian faith” around the time of his third mar­riage in 1984. If nine pints was a nor­mal ses­sion for him, I’m not too sur­prised he knocked it on the head. The 1970s were dif­fer­ent.

  3. The rem­i­nis­cence of 1940’s Adnams was very inter­est­ing. How­ev­er, IMO it was a chance missed to dis­cuss how Adnam­s’s own beers were brewed and their char­ac­ter­is­tics vs. the beers from the brew­ery today or oth­er brew­eries mak­ing tra­di­tion­al ales. A chance missed but per­haps B&B or some­one read­ing will con­sid­er con­tact­ing the writer of the rem­i­nis­cences to obtain his views on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the beers from a pro­duc­tion and taste point of view vs. bot­tling pro­ce­dures and the like.

    Inter­est­ing use of lead and asbestos in the brew­ery back then, pre­sum­ably many brew­eries did the same thing.

    The employ­ee who could tell the dif­fer­ence between the top and bot­tom halves of a bot­tle (obvi­ous­ly this is bot­tle-con­di­tioned beer) had a good gift, but I am sure I could tell too, and many read­ing. He was notic­ing the extra yeast and oth­er sed­i­ment in the low­er half. This is an effec­tive rejoin­der to those who claim a hazy pint tastes the same as a bright one.


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