Despite a ten-day holiday at the start of the month we managed to write a little more in June than in May. Or, rather, to find time to type up some of the things we’ve got on the big list of stuff to blog about.
We started the month with a reflection on the unwritten rules of round-buying which seemed to sneak outside of the bubble and got shared by a few people who aren’t beer geeks but are, presumably, interested in how Britain works.
Next, Ray went solo with some thoughts on The Winchester, the pub from the 2004 zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead:
It has an added resonance for me in that, for several years in my own flat-sharing twenties, I lived around the corner from The Winchester… And, to be clear, I don’t mean that I lived near a pub that was like The Winchester: the actual pub you actually see in the actual film was about four minutes walk from my house in New Cross, South London.
Continue reading “Everything we wrote in June 2019”
Here’s everything that struck as particularly interesting in writing about beer and pubs in the past week, from Carlsberg to Cambridge.
First, some news: those Redchurch rumblings from the other week are now confirmed – the brewery went into administration and is now under new ownership. This has prompted an interesting discussion about crowdfunding:
More news: it’s intriguing to hear that Curious is expanding. It’s a brewery you don’t hear talked about much by geeks like us – in fact, we’re not sure we’ve ever tried the beer – but it does turn up in a surprising number of pubs and restaurants.
Continue reading “News, nuggets and longreads 18 May 2019: ratings, lager, and lager ratings”
Beer magazines are in trouble and the Session is dead but, still, most weekends for the past year we’ve found between five and fifteen interesting things worth linking to.
From personal reflections to historical analysis, from portraits of pubs to profiles of people, the depth, breadth and quality of beer writing only seems to increase.
The following list is our personal selection of the very best, with a bias towards ‘proper’ blogs over paid outlets, and also towards voices we think deserve a signal boost.
We’ve omitted some great stuff that rather lost its power when it ceased to be topical, and there are some blogs which are best approached as bodies of work rather than through individual posts, so this is by no means everything we liked in the past year.
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The Great British Beer Hunt –
Jester, Ernest, Olicana and Godiva
On a rail replacement bus.
Beer and queuing –
A British thing in a British stadium,
A beer at the British Museum.
There was lots of good beer here before –
Malty British beer, living fossils,
Standard British quaffing beer.
Iconic symbol of all that is great,
What is truly great,
About British beer –
A bottle of mild on the shelf.
British beer is not like its past.
British beer is best,
British beer is too strong –
This is where British beer is and will go,
Or you’ll upset the Queen.
This poem, and we use the word in the loosest sense, was put together from phrases found by searching the Tweets of people we follow for the phrase “British Beer”, and is our small contribution towards marking Beer Day Britain.
Our feature on traditional beer mixes – dog’s nose, lightplater, brown-split, and so on – is in the latest edition of CAMRA’s BEER magazine.
We know we didn’t capture every single regional speciality or all of the many local names for the mixes we did list, and we were prepared for the steady trickle of “But what about…?” messages that have been coming our way on Twitter.
The thing is, this is the kind of stuff that people often know but don’t often write down – a general problem with studying the history of beer and pubs – and we’d love to get more of these on record.
So, with that in mind, here’s your chance to tell the world about the beer mixes you know, and/or the names by which they go in your neck of the woods. Just comment below, specifying:
- What the mix is called.
- How it’s made.
- And the specific pub, neighbourhood, town or region to which it belongs.
No variant is too minor, and duplicates are fine – useful, even.
It would be interesting to know, for example, whether simply ‘mixed’, which has come up a few times, always refers to mild and bitter. We guess it’s synonymous with half-and-half, and changes depending on which two beers (one light, one dark) that are most commonly mixed in any given region.