Here’s everything we wrote in October, from in one handy round-up, from ‘lock-ins’ to wood smoke. (Lots about the 1960s this month for reasons that will soon become clear…)
→ We started the month by flagging an appeal from the Oxford English Dictionary research team which is trying to find an earlier usage of the phrase ‘lock in’ than 1991.
→ Kicking off what turned out to be a mild focused month we gave a blunt explanation for why British brewers might be more interested in making Gose than mild.
→ The quest for the solution to the ‘lock in’ question led us to a book from 1936 jam-packed with pubs, beer and encounters with fascists.
→ Unearthing a bit of 20-year-old gossip satisfied our curiosity about why former Good Beer Guide editor Andrea Gillies doesn’t have much to do with CAMRA these days.
→ La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice brews some interesting beer of great promise.
→ BrewDog’s attempt at Altbier struck us as convincingly dull.
→ If you want to put a head on your beer, here’s (ahem) ‘one weird trick’ that might help.
→ Should we worry about the impermanence of online beer writing? (With some notes on how the much-missed Oxford Bottled Beer Database came to be.)
→ There’s a new Midlands-based beer blog collective and they’re looking for contributors.
→ In 1966, an anonymous writer laid bare the market research practices behind the blanding-out of British beer. (John Keeling of Fuller’s linked to this piece in his first blog post for Craft Beer London.)
→ Another Artyfact from the Nyneties is an advertisement inviting you to ‘Meet Pete’ — that is, Pete Slosberg of Wicked Ale fame, whose big personality took Britain by storm.
→ Working our way through 1960s Batsford guides we gleaned some nuggets from East Anglian Pubs by Vincent Jones. (Paul Bailey wrote about this series of books back in 2012.)
→ Eldridge Pope’s Thomas Hardy Ale was one of the first poshly-packaged, exorbitantly priced limited edition bottled beers as a 1968 column by wine writer Cyril Ray revealed.
→ More from Cyril Ray: a tasting of major British beer brands with a professional tea-taster and a wine-taster, also from 1968, which we acquired hoping for wine-style notes on beers long out of production.
→ It turns out the smell of smoke, without an actual fire, is enough to make a pub feel cosy.
→ These Guinness Time magazine covers from 1967-1971 are gorgeous and will trigger nostalgia in anyone who grew up on a certain type of British cartoon or children’s book.
→ We also updated our permanent page with a guide to gifts for beer lovers in time for Christmas 2015.
→ On Facebook we discussed a 1960s aftershave designed to smell like the pub, gave a brief bonus tasting note on a German bottled Altbier, and reported on an unsuccessful Orval blending experiment. (Amongst a load of other stuff.)
→ And this was our Top Tweet of the month according to Twitter’s analytics doobery: