News, Nuggets & Longreads 23/01/2016

A pint of beer and a bag of pork scratchings.

This is all the reading about beer and pubs that’s grabbed our attention in the last week, featuring strong, pale, hoppy mild; Brighton pubs; and advice on how to start your own brewery.

→ Amer­i­can writer Bryan Roth sug­gests that there is insight to be gained from pay­ing atten­tion to the job titles giv­en to new recruits at man­age­ment lev­el in big brew­eries:

We would always talk about ‘share of stom­ach,’ which is about grab­bing the amount peo­ple con­sume in terms of food,” Rash­mi Patel recent­ly told me, ref­er­enc­ing the five years she spent at Kraft Foods Group before join­ing Anheuser-Busch in July 2015. She’s the company’s new vice pres­i­dent of Share of Throat, a real title for a real mar­ket­ing team focus­ing on AB’s col­lec­tion of fla­vored malt bev­er­ages (Ritas, soda) and Ocul­to.

The Victory, Brighton.

→ Rachel Smith’s Sus­sex, Beer, Now series has reached Part 4 with a guide to drink­ing in Brighton:

[If] you’re look­ing for trad Sus­sex cask, you’ll find it. If you’re after cre­ative new wave Sus­sex beers, you’ll find them. If you’ve a taste for Bel­gian or U.S brews, you’ll be in luck, or if you just fan­cy the taste of Lon­don with a sea view thrown in, you can have that too. Put sim­ply, Brighton is a beer hub for the Sus­sex drinker.

→ Alec Lath­am has been pon­der­ing Wether­spoons pubs, from atmos­phere to archi­tec­ture:

Not only does Wether­spoons claim sites of for­mer glo­ry, but active­ly builds new pubs. In Hat­field, new build pub Harps­field Hall has recent­ly opened using parts of aero­plane fuse­lage to con­struct the bar. Some of the seat­ing rounds are pro­pel­lor cas­ings from a Boe­ing 747. The aero­nau­ti­cal themes reflect the fact that Hat­field used to be the home of British Aero­space. One new ‘Spoons is also cur­rent­ly being built from scratch in Wel­wyn Gar­den City.

Tasting flight at the Driftwood Spars beer festival.

→ Mar­shall ‘The Bru­loso­pher’ Schott has con­duct­ed var­i­ous exper­i­ments with tast­ing pan­els the results of which are some­times ques­tioned on the basis that the par­tic­i­pants must have ‘shit­ty palates’ or insuf­fi­cient train­ing as, e.g., BJCP judges. He and some col­leagues have crunched some num­bers and con­clud­ed that trained tasters are no more like­ly to be accu­rate in a tri­an­gle test – spot­ting the odd one out among three beers – than any­one else.

→ Andy ‘Taba­matu’ Park­er con­tin­ues his series of posts on the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of set­ting up a brew­ery in the UK with a piece on ‘per­mis­sions’, i.e. plan­ning, tax, insur­ance, and so on. Some will find this use­ful while oth­ers might regard it as a real­i­ty check.

→ Ron Pat­tin­son and Kris­ten Eng­land have put togeth­er a recipe for an 1852 mild ale which is pale, has an ABV of 7.3%, and con­tains plen­ty of hops – anoth­er reminder that, his­tor­i­cal­ly speak­ing: ‘The Milds of the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry were big, burly beers, sim­ple, but robust.’

→ And, final­ly, the big CAMRA Man­ches­ter Beer Fes­ti­val has been going on this week and con­tin­ues until 7 p.m. tonight. So far, we’ve had reports from Kaleigh (impressed, with some minor reser­va­tions) and Phil (fes­ti­val of the year), along with many Tweet­ed pho­tos, of which this struck us as par­tic­u­lar­ly evoca­tive:

2 thoughts on “News, Nuggets & Longreads 23/01/2016”

  1. It’s real­ly hard to get the scale of the venue across in a pic­ture – the pic­ture I’ve added to my post fore­short­ens it dras­ti­cal­ly. Dom’s pic­ture is a width­ways view; the venue’s about twice as long as it is wide, and it was basi­cal­ly one big room.

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