News, nuggets and longreads 19 October 2019: Lancashire, language, local

Here’s everything that struck as noteworthy in beer and pubs in the past week, from foeders to the importance of L.

Mar­tyn Cor­nell has been reflect­ing on the urge to nit­pick over the lan­guage peo­ple use to talk about beer and brew­ing:

I had a small Twit­ter spat yes­ter­day with Dura­tion Brew­ing after they said they were installing a cool­ship and foed­ers at their brew­ery in Nor­folk. A wave of grumpy old man­nish­ness washed across me, and I tweet­ed that we don’t have cool­ships and foed­ers in Britain, we have cool­ers and vats. Why use a for­eign word when we have Eng­lish words that mean the same thing?


Wetherspoon pub sign, Penzance.

Ben­jamin Nunn at Ben Viveur is a fan of the Wether­spoon pub chain but not uncrit­i­cal. In his lat­est post, he lists five things he likes and five he does­n’t:

3. Col­lec­tabil­i­ty. For those of us for whom brew­ery- and beer-tick­ing isn’t enough, there’s the chal­lenge of try­ing to vis­it all the Spoons. It’s tremen­dous fun. Some have vis­it­ed over 1000 and to them I doff my Wether­cap. (If you’re even slight­ly inter­est­ed in tak­ing up this hob­by, Spoon­sTrack­er makes it easy!)


Casked in Rawtenstall.
SOURCE: Dun­can Mackay/Pubmeister.

Is Rawten­stall in Lan­cashire “the Hack­ney of the north”? Dun­can Mack­ay thinks it might be, unless it’s the oth­er way round:

It’s one of sev­er­al sol­id for­mer mill towns that seem to be increas­ing­ly attrac­tive to the Man­ches­ter dias­po­ra. How else to explain two microp­ubs, a sta­tion bar, a brew­ery tap, a tem­per­ance bar and, wait for it, a nano pub, all doing a brisk trade on a dre­ich Sun­day evening… Two of the above (Hop and Buffer Stops) have graced pre­vi­ous Good Beer Guides.… The new addi­tion is Casked, described as a microp­ub but real­ly a decent sized beer and gin bar that looks as if it occu­pies two for­mer shops.


Generic beer pumps in photocopy style.

For The Morn­ing Adver­tis­er Stu­art Stone looks into why so many tra­di­tion­al British beers have updat­ed their brand­ing late­ly, and the impor­tance of brand­ing to con­sumers more gen­er­al­ly:

Hobgoblin’s mod­ern makeover is fur­ther vin­di­cat­ed by the fact that 41% of 18 to 25s and 39% of 26 to 35s agree that “I think mod­ern beer brands under­stand me bet­ter as a con­sumer”, accord­ing to Street­bees – with only 14% of each age-group dis­agree­ing with the state­ment. ­ Is falls to an aver­age of 34% across all age groups and 27% among those aged over 46.

(Note the bloop­er, though: Georgina Young is head brew­er at Bath Ales, a sub­sidiary of St Austell, not at St Austell prop­er.)


A nugget from Stan Hierony­mus: what if all brew­eries local­ness was list­ed like ABV?

Full­steam Brew­ery in North Car­oli­na has made a small change in the sig­nage it uses at beer fes­ti­vals.

A line that pre­vi­ous­ly read “AUTUMN LAGER fes­t­bier, 6% ABV, 99% local” now reads “AUTUMN LAGER fes­t­bier, 6% ABV, 99% L.”


Final­ly, from Twit­ter, via @teninchwheels:

Stan has retired from link wran­gling but do check out Alan McLeod’s Thurs­day round-up for more good read­ing.

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