Here’s our weekly round-up of links a day early, because the usual Saturday slot has been handed over to our quarterly #BeeryLongReads piece.
→ The Gun at Spitalfields in East London, which we’ve often stopped to admire but never entered, closed for good last Friday and is set to be demolished. The Spitalfields Life blog has photographs and tells the story of the family who have run it for several generations:
In 1946, a demobbed soldier walked into The Gun… and ordered a pint. Admitting that he had no money, he asked if he could leave his medals as security… and all this time his medals have been kept safely at The Gun, mounted in a frame on the wall, awaiting the day when he might walk through the door again.
→ A mild, albeit a pale, strong, historic one, from a self-consciously ‘craft’ brewery:
→ Tyson gave a typically piquant account of a pub crawl in Liverpool:
The Clove Hitch (Hope St) could be best described as a bistro and… may not be for the traditionalist. Indeed Uncle Albert wasn’t happy but then unless the pub boasts spit and sawdust, beer at 7d and barmaids built like a Yorkshire outhouse, he seldom is.
→ Jay Brooks marked the birthday of Wilhelm Grimm by picking out three stories by the Brothers Grimm that feature beer.
→ Martyn Cornell stuck up for the newly re-branded Greene King IPA: it’s got as much right to call itself an IPA as any other beer, and arguably more so than many American beers using that appellation.
→ For the Guardian, Richard Johnson reported on the world of ‘street food’ which, like its cousin ‘craft beer’, is struggling to maintain its cosy chumminess in the face of intellectual property disputes:
“I will call out every copycat I come across and I’m sure the street food community will continue to close ranks around and support those whose ideas, creativity, originality and livelihood are being stolen by others who lack the imagination to do their own thing.”
→ Here’s a parody ad from the 1950s that’s better executed than many real commercial illustrations today: