QUOTE: Light Ale & Lager, 1965

PENGUN PAPERBACK COVER: Len Deighton's Action Cook Book, 1967 edition.

You may like to serve only beer at your party. It is very good with hot cheese savouries, or with hot dogs. Choose your beer carefully if you have only one sort. Some of the light ales chill excellently and have better flavour than many lagers. Ladies seldom like the dark varieties, so have an alternative drink for them. You may like to buy a cask of beer, in which case ask for a Pin which hold 4½ gallons. Beer consumption is the most difficult to calculate, but 1¾ pints per head would be an average to base your guess  upon. You know your friends best.”

From Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book, 1965, reprint­ed as a Pen­guin paper­back in 1967.

2 thoughts on “QUOTE: Light Ale & Lager, 1965”

  1. I know this comes across as a picky response to a jokey point, but I think you’ll find that per capi­ta alco­hol con­sump­tion in both the UK and Ire­land was a lot low­er in 1965 than it is now. A quick Google turned up the fol­low­ing for Ire­land:

    Aver­age alco­hol con­sump­tion in 2010 was 145% high­er than the aver­age amount con­sumed in 1960.”

    It’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that “back in the day, every­one was pissed most of the time.”

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