Our Favourite Beer Tweets of 2018

We’ve done this for the past few years, partly to remind ourselves of things that tickled us, enlightened us, or made us think, but also perhaps to help you find new people to follow.

Of course Twitter makes this very difficult: advanced search tools that used to make it easy to review our own past retweets seem to be broken, or limited, and scrolling back through your own timeline is painfully slow.

Fortunately, between that and our weekly news and nuggets round-ups, we did manage to dig up the following.

1. Pub signs

Truly a work of art.

2. Pub interiors

Martin Tweets hundreds of pictures like this from his pub crawls – do give him a follow.

3. Morse – he’s a mystery to us

Pandora Tweeted a whole series of photos of John Thaw holding pints of beer and, honestly, we want someone to turn this into a calendar.

4. Acoustic money

This amused us at the time; with all the recent talk of cashless pubs, it has gained new relevance.

5. Duran Duran

Pete should be both ashamed and proud of himself.

6. Elastic capacity

Nick has a knack of cutting through to this kind of essential truth.

7. April Fool

Something something craft beer something something.

8. Pub food

Or for three Richmond sausages on Smash with Bisto.

9. Garnish

Like something from Vic & Bob’s ‘The Club’.

10. Memory failure

“It us”, as the kids were saying about four years ago.

11. Simples

Well, he’s not wrong.

12. Thinking up time

Not everybody agreed with the sentiment expressed here.

13. On the up

There’s hope for them yet.

14. Stereotypes

Ay up.

15. Am I bothered?

Sharp aftertaste, slightly sour, 2 stars.

16. The Old House at Home

This account is Evan Rail’s therapeutic side project. Give it a follow.

17. There’s a man down the pub swears he’s Elvis

Paul’s website is a fantastic resource – check it out.

18. Fierce

“….mounted her wheel…”

19. A chance of meatballs

Sign of the times.

20. And one of our own

There’s one more round-up to come this year – our ‘best of us’ post where we flag the favourite bits of our own writing. That should land… tomorrow, maybe? Or Sunday.

The Best Beer Tweets of 2017

This seems to have become an annual tradition and, like all these apparently fluffy listicle round-ups, does actually serve a purpose.

First, it reminds us of things we enjoyed but had forgotten, giving us the pleasure of being tickled by them all over again.

And, secondly, we hope, it will help you find some people worth following who might not already be on your radar.

At any rate, if there’s anything below you particularly like, do give it a retweet. If these folk are anything like us, every RT is like a little pat on the back — the smallest unit of ‘thank you’ known to man.

A Tribute to the Essential Weirdness of Pubs
A Tribute to Pass-Agg Pub Signage

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Top Beer Tweets of 2016

These are the Tweets that made us laugh or think in the last 12 months.

Some are from people who write mostly about beer, others are from outside The Bubble, but they all prompted us to either click the Retweet button or include them in our weekly links round-ups.

For more of this kind of thing follow us @boakandbailey and if you see anything below that tickles you, give it a Like or an RT. If these people are anything like us, it’ll cheer them right up.

1. Craig Garvie brought us this horror which made us wonder why they don’t just roll the bottle round in some hair and toenail clippings and be done.

2. We’re surprised we haven’t seen more of this kind of thing to be honest. It’s hard to stop looking at.

3. This from Bryan Roth made us feel faintly guilty. In a good way.

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Session 107: Am I Your Friend?

The Session this month is hosted by a brewery, Community Beer Works, on whose behalf Dan asks:

Do you want your feeds clear of businesses, or do you like when a brewery engages with people? Can you think of anyone who does it particularly well, or poorly?

Let’s break that down.

1. Do we want our feeds clear of businesses? No, we do not. Businesses make the beer, and we spend an inordinate amount of time observing businesses, interviewing people from businesses, and wondering what businesses will do next. We opt in to the Tweets and Facebook updates of plenty of breweries — amazing, really, when you think of the lengths we and others go to to avoid advertising in other contexts.

2. Do we like when a brewery engages with people? Yes, to an extent, in a way, within certain parameters. We love it when brewers answer technical questions with (apparent) honesty, or ask questions of the people who drink their beer. It’s great when they reveal a little of what makes them tick, or tell us things we wouldn’t otherwise know — a sense that we’re being rewarded for following with ‘the inside skinny’. As consumers, the more engagement we can get, the better; with our little writers’ hats on, though, a little distance is appropriate: we can’t really be pals.

3. Who’s really good at it? Richard Burhouse at Magic Rock seems to strike the right balance of openness and good taste, never seeming any less than honest. John Keeling at Fuller’s dispenses bite-sized nuggets of wisdom which, one day, will be compiled into a little book for other brewers to keep in their blazer pockets. Fergus Fitzgerald at Adnams gives a real sense of what it is like to be head brewer at an old family brewery: he answers questions freely, and comes across as warm and genuine. And this post sharing every last detail of a highly-regarded recipe from last week, sharing every last detail of a highly-regarded recipe, was great. What they all have in common, we guess, is that there’s no sense of the hard sell about them, and no feeling of being PRd at.

Top Beer Tweets Of 2015

We’ve been bookmarking and saving these beer- and pub-related Tweets all year.

Some of them we Re-Tweeted at the time; others we included in our weekly round-ups.

We hope you find something here to tickle you and maybe also a few new people to follow.

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Several Years of Accumulated Rubbish

It occurs to us that we’ve put a lot of stuff on Twitter (@boakandbailey) over the years that, with minimal effort, we could easily have turned into blog posts.

If you’re not on Twitter, or you don’t sit there 24/7 monitoring it like Gene Hackman in The Conversation, here are a few bits you might have missed.

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Top Beer Tweets of 2014

For the second year in a row, here’s a list of some Tweets that tickled us in the past 12 months.

Because they told us something we didn’t know, expressed an idea efficiently, or simply made us laugh, we favourited, re-Tweeted, or included them in one of our weekly round-ups.

1. The Beer Nut observes an amusing juxtaposition in Bamberg.

2. There’s a lot of history encapsulated in this one photo.

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Top Beer Tweets of 2013

These are some Tweets about beer we enjoyed in 2013.

1. Ed defines craft beer:

(He later expanded this thought in a blog post.)

2. Simon wins our nomination for Tweeter of the year:

Read more top Tweets after the jump →

Dear Brewery on Social Media

Blue Rider will talk loud
By Fabio Penna, from Flickr under Creative Commons.

So you’ve joined Twitter to promote your beer? Very sensible. After all, it’s free, and the potential is enormous. But we’re not going to follow you, and here’s why.

1. Your company has a long and interesting history and is full of fascinating characters. Your brewery, to people who don’t work in one, is an intriguing and mysterious place. But what do you Tweet about? Nick sums it up pretty well here:

2. Every time someone mentions you, or shares a photo of one of your beers, however banal their commentary or the image, you Retweet it.

3. You nag: Like this on Facebook! Go here! Use this hashtag! As the playground saying went: ‘Askers don’t get.’

What you ought to be doing

Share information which, if we weren’t following you, we wouldn’t get to see. Dig in the archives, explore strange corners of the brewery, introduce us to the characters in your business, take us away from our ‘humdrum lives’ (© Jorvik Viking Centre, via Richard Herring) with intriguing images. Give us the inside scoop.

Interact with people at a level beyond naked self-promotion: don’t react only when you see your brand name mentioned, butting in with a boneheaded shout-out for your latest product.

And that’s it.

Why publicans need to connect

A friend of ours recently posted a status update on Facebook saying that a pub we follow on Twitter had ruined a special day — she’d been kept waiting for hours for food, the staff had been rude, and that no-one had apologised. She was never going there again. Her many Facebook friends piled in to sympathise and join her nascent boycott.

For once, though, we were able to do something about it: we dropped the pub a line to pass on the feedback.

Because the publican in question had previously acted like a human being, engaging us in conversation and answering our questions, we knew that our contact would be taken in the spirit it was intended.

Sure enough, an email arrived with a detailed explanation of what had caused the problem, their plans to deal with it, and a sincere apology. We were able to pass that on to our friend and, hopefully, convince her to give the pub (which seems, generally, to be doing all the right things) a second chance.

What went wrong really did go wrong, and the pub needs to look at why the explanation and apology we got wasn’t given to our friend on the day but, nonetheless, this shows why it is worth businesses investing time in social media and that it pays to really connect with people.