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The Month That Was: March 2016 — Glass Pubs, Blubus, Beer Weeks

We took a week off blogging in March to undertake what it tickles us to call ‘field work’ so this is a slightly shorter round up than usual.

→ We kicked off the month with a guest post from etiquette expert R.M. Banks, on the subject of jukeboxes:

The soundest advice is to avoid the deep end of the pool – songs containing full-throated Scandinavian metal screaming, dischord intended to evoke mans inhumanity to man, treated piano, laxative basslines, children’s choirs, and so on. Jukebox songs ought to elicit a tapping of the foot, perhaps a gay whistle, but oughtn’t interfere with the conversation.

→ Our contribution to Session #109 on the subject of porters was to the point: What is porter? And what is it not? (Mark Lindner’s round-up of all the Session posts is here.)

→ We spotted a nice bit of dialogue about beer in a 1960 episode of Hancock’s Half Hour.

→ The fourth and final beer suggested for us by Dina in round one of our ‘Magical Mystery Pour’ project was Wild Beer and Beavertown’s collaboration Blubus Maximus.


Where do ideas for new beers, beer styles and sub-styles come from? Direct inspiration, or something in the air?

→ Related to that post was a bit of a thought experiment: can we say most beers on the market today are really just takes on 19th century British pale ale? (Of course not but it was a fun idea to play with.)

→ Does craft beer tend to indulge the modern tendency towards endless childhood? And, if so, does it matter?

→ We reckon the first gambling machine in a pub might have arrived in 1907.

→ Can you help us with memories of gastropubs in the 1990s? (We’re still after responses to this.)

→ Surprising ourselves, we turned out a 2000-word unscheduled #BeeryLongreads entry on the subject of beer weeks in Britain. They’re newer than we thought, and they’re spreading.

Out of shot, two Action Man dolls and a teddy bear, AKA 'the lads'.

→ It’s time to take down the barricades and let the odd old school bitter into the craft beer citadel. (Interesting to re-read this in the wake of CAMRA’s revitalisation project; Matt Curtis has written about the incident that prompted his original Tweet in more detail here.)

→ Via our newly acquired stash of John Smith’s brewery magazines from the late 1960s notes on, and pictures of, a Doncaster pub made of glass. (Martin, AKA Retired Martin, visited recently and shares some impressions here.)

→ Brendan from Leeds asked, ‘Which classic British beers might I have missed?’ and we did our best to answer. (Lots of suggestions from commenters, too.)