News, Nuggets & Longreads 29 April 2017 – Swearing, Spontanpeckham, Stans

The Fiddler's Elbow pub sign.

Here’s everything that’s grabbed our attention in the world of beer and pubs in the last week from bad language to bad interior design.

Richard Cold­well at OuHouse has giv­en some though to one of the top sto­ries of last week – the appar­ent ban on swear­ing in Samuel Smith pubs. He says:

Tak­ing the argu­ment a stage fur­ther; if the pub has a tap room then I’m okay with swear­ing in mod­er­a­tion. I’m as guilty as any­one. In all oth­er areas of a pub then there is absolute­ly no need for swear­ing at all. End of dis­cus­sion here, and I’m ful­ly behind Sam’s on this. I just don’t get the blan­ket ban across the entire estate, in all rooms. I don’t want to get judge­men­tal, and it takes all types, but try­ing to enforce a swear­ing ban in some­where like the very busy Gen­er­al Elliot or The Dun­can in Leeds city cen­tre would be like try­ing to plait snot. I quite liked the CAMRA stance, report­ed on in The Morn­ing Adver­tis­er , ‘Pubs should be encour­ag­ing good behav­iour rather than opt­ing for com­plete bans on those who swear’. I might go a bit fur­ther here myself and say, ensur­ing good behav­iour.


Spontanpeckham in its saucepans.

Here’s just the begin­ning of the sto­ry of ‘Spon­tan­peck­ham’ from Kat Sewell at Have I Got Brews for You, whose home brew set­up and plans are on anoth­er lev­el of sophis­ti­ca­tion:

I trans­ferred my wort into two 5 litre stain­less steel cook­ing pots and tied cheese­cloth over the top to stop any insects from get­ting in.  I left these under the trees in my gar­den overnight (1 cher­ry blos­som and 2 sycamores)… I’m going to leave this for at least a year.  I’ll check on it from time to time to see if it needs ditch­ing, I’m not expect­ing much, it’s more just for my own inter­est of wit­ness­ing a spon­ta­neous fer­men­ta­tion in action.


Illustration: beer on a table.

Tony Nay­lor, best known for his work in the Guardian, reflects on pub design for Big Hos­pi­tal­i­ty, react­ing against the kind of ster­ile would-be-mod­ern makeover that too often strips pubs of their char­ac­ter:

Fun­da­men­tal­ly, for me, inte­ri­or design in pubs is a retro project; one at its best when it is intu­itive­ly sym­pa­thet­ic to the build­ing, whether it dates to 1974 or the 17th cen­tu­ry. That need not be exe­cut­ed in clichéd ways with Vic­to­ri­ana and Punch prints (alarm­ing­ly, The Hinds Head will fea­ture ‘eccen­tric curiosi­ties’), nor does it mean your pub must look old, tat­ty and dingy. Pubs can be pol­ished up, sen­si­tive­ly.


Still from the video for Stan by Eminem.
SOURCE: YouTube/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Mark John­son is shoot­ing arrows again, this time at brew­ery fan­boys:

Though they nev­er asked for the atten­tion it must be incred­i­bly ful­fill­ing to have your work praised by strangers in the pub. Still, there are con­tin­u­ing ele­ments that must be drain­ing. Like run­ning a social media account where peo­ple feel the need to unnec­es­sar­i­ly tag you in every com­ment they make regard­ing your beer. Or even worse, where peo­ple don’t tag the offend­ing brew­ery, but the brewer’s per­son­al pro­file them­selves, in order to real­ly gar­ner atten­tion.


The Woolpack, Salford.

On of our favourite blogs, Man­ches­ter’s Estate Pubs, has come out of hiber­na­tion with a gor­geous pho­to essay on The Wool­pack, Sal­ford.


Gig posters on a pub in Manchester.

For ref­er­ence rather than to read: Kaleigh (@kaleighpie) at the The Ale in Kaleigh is man­ag­ing an events cal­en­dar for beer-relat­ed events in Man­ches­ter which you might want to review and book­mark.


Final­ly, here’s reg­u­lar com­menter Dave, who also blogs at Brew in a Bed­sit, say­ing some­thing pro­found with remark­able econ­o­my:


We’re away today so this post was put togeth­er on Fri­day and sched­uled. If any­thing excit­ing hap­pens in the mean­time, we’ll Tweet about it.