News, Nuggets & Longreads 4 March 2017: Paddy Losty, Lone Wolf, London Pride

A pint of beer on a pub table with date overlaid.

Here’s all the news and commentary in the world of beer that grabbed our interest in the last week, from Dublin pintmen to lone wolves.

From Stephen Bourke for the Dublin Inquir­er comes the sto­ry of ‘pint­man’ Pad­dy Losty who allowed him­self to be pho­tographed in the pub by a rov­ing author and 20 years on has gone viral:

His fans set up a ded­i­cat­ed splin­ter group, which has now spun out to a Twit­ter account con­trolled by the group’s admins… His celebri­ty is secure, at least for the 4,548 fans of Pho­to­shop jobs of Losty in the guise of char­ac­ters rang­ing from Hans Mole­man to Diony­sus.

(Via @BarMas/@teninchwheels/@higginsmark.)

People watching TV in a pub.

Pints & Pubs is under­tak­ing to vis­it every pub in Cam­bridge this year and the project is throw­ing up inter­est­ing case stud­ies such as this reflec­tion on the dom­i­nat­ing force of an always-on tele­vi­sion:

 I look around and everyone’s either star­ing at the TV or at their phones. One cou­ple fin­ish their drinks and get their coats on to leave, then stand there for 5 min­utes trans­fixed by some wing­suit wear­ing stunt­man land­ing in a pile of card­board box­es. Anoth­er cou­ple come in and go straight for the two chairs direct­ly under the tv, then sit in silence, arch­ing their necks to watch it. At one point, loud screams attract every­ones atten­tion – not the shriek from a cus­tomer lay­ing eyes on one of the pub’s ghosts, but from a woman caught in a tor­na­do in Alaba­ma.

Lone Wolf spirits logo.

Brew­Dog has asked a Birm­ing­ham bar to change its name because it infringes on its spin-off spir­its trade­mark Lone Wolf. To some, this reeks of heavy-hand­ed nas­ti­ness, not to men­tion bit­ter irony – Brew­Dog were them­selves chal­lenged over this trade­mark by Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers and also claim to be in dis­pute with the estate of Elvis Pres­ley over their beer Elvis Juice. But for the cor­po­rate blog of White & Black Legal Nicholas Mitchell explains that, in effect, Brew­Dog has no choice in the mat­ter:

It should not be entire­ly sur­pris­ing that, regard­less of its uncon­ven­tion­al cor­po­rate phi­los­o­phy, a pub­lic lim­it­ed com­pa­ny that has invest­ed in a port­fo­lio of reg­is­tered intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights should seek to enforce them.  If it did not, its abil­i­ty to rely on those rights lat­er could suf­fer… It can be hoped that the change of name will not be very detri­men­tal to the rel­a­tive­ly new “Wolf” pub.  Indeed, its own­ers might use­ful­ly exploit the sto­ry for some free pub­lic­i­ty, which is exact­ly the type of cost-effec­tive mar­ket­ing on which Brew­Dog built its own suc­cess.

(Dis­clo­sure: we met the author once and he bought a round; he also gave our book a pos­i­tive review on his now defunct per­son­al blog.)

Illustration: The Fog.

The ever elo­quent Pete Bris­senden has turned his atten­tion to the hot top­ic of the day – how much haze in your beer is too much? Hav­ing worked in var­i­ous capac­i­ties in the beer indus­try for years he is able to pro­vide inter­est­ing insight:

All the haze does is add mouth­feel to the beer, that creamy body that so many peo­ple men­tion in their tast­ing notes of this type of beer. For me at least the haze seems to mud­dy the hop flavours. They don’t sing and dance with the same bright­ness as they do in beers with greater clar­i­ty. It seems to be hard­er to pick out indi­vid­ual flavours and aro­mas in these kinds of beers.

London Pride Unfiltered logo.

Some­what relat­ed: a while ago we pre­dict­ed that one of the larg­er UK brew­ers might soon release a hazy pale ale into the main­stream; the new Fuller’s keg beer Lon­don Pride Unfil­tered might be that beer. We say ‘might’ because we had strug­gled to ascer­tain the extent to which it is intend­ed to be hazy or cloudy at point of ser­vice but Paul Bai­ley (no rela­tion) has dug up a quote from Fuller’s Head Brew­er Georgina Young which seems defin­i­tive:

By only using a cen­trifuge, we get a hazy beer but retain addi­tion­al flavour, to give Lon­don Pride Unfil­tered more of the tra­di­tion­al char­ac­ter that you have in the cask beer than in the con­ven­tion­al Lon­don Pride keg ver­sion.

Various books and magazine from the last 40+ years of CAMRA.

The ten­sions between con­ser­v­a­tives and reform­ers with­in the Cam­paign for Real Ale are being played out, quite unsur­pris­ing­ly, in the Nation­al Exec­u­tive elec­tion, as report­ed by Claire Chur­chard for the Morn­ing Adver­tis­er. Odd­ly, the reformist group includes one of the Cam­paign’s founders, Michael Hard­man, and vet­er­an James Lynch who was chair of CAMRA back in 1978. Hard­man is quot­ed as say­ing:

Where James Lynch, Ben Wilkin­son and I stand apart from [the oth­er can­di­dates] is that we very firm­ly believe the Revi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­pos­als rep­re­sent CAMRA’s last chance to safe­guard its rel­e­vance and rep­u­ta­tion. We want an end to the pre­var­i­ca­tion, an urgent vote on the pro­pos­als, and imple­men­ta­tion of the long-over­due change this Cam­paign needs to wrench itself out of the mid-20th cen­tu­ry and make itself fit for the mid-21st.

Beer label mentioning lupulin powder.We encoun­tered our first beer with lupulin pow­der list­ed in its ingre­di­ents recent­ly and thought, ‘Huh, inter­est­ing.’ Hop guru Stan Hierony­mus offers a bit more insight here sug­gest­ing that per­haps this will be The Next Big Thing.

Brewery Takeover News

1. AB-InBev has made an inter­est­ing move in Chi­na tak­ing over Shang­hai’s Box­ing Cat brew­ery. (Via @PhilLowry.)

2. In a long-rumoured move Lake Dis­trict brew­er Hawk­shead has sold a con­trol­ling inter­est to Hale­wood whose brands include Crab­bie’s Gin­ger Beer, Lam­bri­ni and Whit­ley Neill gin, among oth­ers. Alex Brodie of Hawk­shead gave an inter­view to Con­nor Mur­phy for the Man­ches­ter Beer Week web­site.

Final­ly, here’s a bit of food for thought from one of our pre­vi­ous Gold­en Pints Tweet­ers of the Year:

2 thoughts on “News, Nuggets & Longreads 4 March 2017: Paddy Losty, Lone Wolf, London Pride”

  1. I believe Cloud­wa­ter’s DIPA V.9 used lupulin pow­der, hence its pin-bright­ness.

    Prob­a­bly not, there­fore, suit­able for the much-wran­gled-over murk­bom­bz.

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