Here’s all the reading about beer and pubs that inspired us to hit the BOOKMARK button in the past week, from pubs to hazy IPAs.
But let’s start with some items of news.
- Fourpure, of Bermondsey Beer Mile fame, has been acquired outright by Lion, which is in turn owned by Kirin.
- Four Corners, a small brewery in Dallas, Texas, has been bought by Constellation Brands.
- BrewDog has been told off by the Portman Group over it’s Pink IPA “for girls”.
- Cain’s looks set to to return to brewing in Liverpool. (We’ll believe it when we see it.)
For Original Gravity Emma Inch has written about the feeling of being on edge in pubs, even if nothing concrete happens, because of a sense that people are just a little too aware of “what makes you different”:
Throughout my drinking life I’ve been asked to leave a pub on the grounds that it’s a ‘family friendly venue’; I’ve witnessed a friend being ejected for giving his male partner a dry peck on the cheek; I’ve had a fellow customer shout homophobic abuse in my ear whilst the bartender calmly continued to ask me to pay for my pint… Once, I had to shield my face from flying glass as the pub windows were kicked in by bigots outside, and I still remember the sharp, breathless fear in the days following the Admiral Duncan pub bombing, not knowing if it was all over, or who and where would be targeted next.