It’s been a bit quiet round here this week, mostly because we both have terrible, stinking, evil colds. (Beer of the week: hot toddy.) Fortunately, there’s been plenty to read elsewhere.
→ For The Guardian, Tim Burrows pondered the appeal of the Wetherspoon’s breakfast, ‘at the coalface of boozed-up Britain’.
→ Addressing home brewers’ problems with professional know-how, James ‘Kempicus’ Kemp gave advice on improving the shelf-life of the beer you make at home.
→ Tim Sowula penned a portrait of a new kind of business on London’s outer fringes, for Leytonstoner:
The Tap has beers stacked in shelving better suited to twelve inch records, with seemingly no order. This throwback to the joys of browsing through vinyl is deliberate, to allow people to wander through the selection of around 100 different beers and ciders from a rotation of around 30 breweries around London and beyond, and come away with something they might have wanted, but also something they’d never heard of before.
→ Gabrielle Glaser’s long feature piece for The Atlantic points out that Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t the only solution to the problem of dependency despite its own claims to the contrary.
→ Though some of his history seems a bit shaky, Richard Taylor at the Beercast nonetheless asked a provocative question: which style should be Britain’s ‘national beer’? (Our vote is for… porter.)
→ SIBA (founded in 1980 as the Small Independent Brewers’ Association) has announced the winners at its Beer X competition in Sheffield which, unlike CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, includes kegged beer.
→ This article is in German but Google Translate does a pretty good job of it: it turns out that Schlüssel Altbier from Düsseldorf, has, on occasion, been brewed under contract in, of all places, Cologne. This is a bit like discovering that your favourite Cornish pasty was made in Devon. (Via @thirsty_pilgrim.)
→ We’d never noticed the cult-of-personality portrait of Tim Martin on this pub sign until Nick Mitchell pointed it out to us: