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March 2015: The Month That Was

Despite being all over the place running real-life errands, we managed to turn out a respectable number of posts in March, a couple of which were accidental epics.

→ There was a good batch of #BeeryLongReads from across the Blogoshire including insights into the politics of keg lines in bars and a profile of a South London brewery.

→ Ted Bruning’s short book Merrie England: the medieval roots of the great British pub got a thumbs-up from us.

→ Also on the subject of pub history, how is it that so many of them are allowed to get away with straight-up lying about their history?

→ For the 97th beer blogging session we pondered what it takes for a town or city to become a ‘beer destination’. (If it hasn’t got history, it needs artists and students.)

→ In a pub in the Devon-Cornwall borderlands we observed something really sweet: middle-aged men making friends.

The Cross Keys, Cawsand, Cornwall.

→ Still on the same turf, we crawled the many pubs of the coastal settlement of Kingsand-Cawsand.

→ In 1978, the Campaign for Real Ale predicted that lager’s share of the UK beer market couldn’t keep growing, but they were very wrong. (The Pub Curmudgeon reference this in a post on Greene King IPA and the appeal of accessible beers.)

→ We imagined an alliance between the kings of the UK craft beer scene, BrewDog, and Greene King — a conservative family brewery not fondly regarded by beer geeks.

→ Jon Kyme of Stringer’s brewery is a spiky critic of the scene; we exchanged emails with him to find out why.

Summer Wine bottles lined up.

→ Yorkshire’s Summer Wine is a brewery with a cult following but, on evidence to date, we’re not convinced.

→ R.D. Blackmore’s 1869 novel Lorna Doone contains a spirited expression of the virtues of good English beer.

→ Ongoing debates (boy, do they go on!) about the precise meaning of ‘craft beer’ in the UK took a new twist when a government agency accidentally got involved.

→ Having predicted that in 2015 a big brewer would produce a contrived viral video in which ‘hipsters’ are tricked into saying they like a mainstream beer, we couldn’t help but crow when Budweiser did just that.

Sometimes, being a good beer geek means using your powers to help people avoid beers you love.

→ In 2000+ words, drawing on our eight years’ of experience, we had the sheer nerve to tell you how to run a beer blog.

→ In the last week, we became fascinated by some quirks of UK pub licensing history: first, we explored the ‘bona fide traveller‘, and then the fun there was to be had in making your drinking day as long as possible in 1920s and 30s London.

→ The sun came out and we went to enjoy it at our favourite faux-Mediterranean seaside pub.

→ The Lilliput Beer Book from 1956 isn’t an essential purchase but it contains some interesting nuggets.

→ There were four weekly links round-ups, too — a whole lot of reading for a rainy Sunday, if you missed them first time round.

→ We also sent out a 1000-word email newsletter (sign-up!), and were all over Facebook and Twitter…

This post is a touch premature what with there being three days left to go, but we won’t be able to post next weekend, and we like to do these monthly round-up posts on Sunday.