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13-04-2013, 15:31
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Fact: a geek will try to collect every item on any list he or she is given, and absolutely will not stop, ever, until it is ticked.
Since we spoke to CAMRA-founder Michael Hardman last year, we’ve been keen to get our hands on a copy of an influential publication he told us about — Young’s Brewery’s Real Draught Beer and Where to Find it. First published in the mid-sixties, it represents, we think, the first use of the term ‘real’ in connection to beer in this way, and perhaps begot ‘real ale’. Now, thanks to John Green, CAMRA’s first employee, we have a photocopy of the 1971 edition.
Green was discovered by CAMRA after he was featured in the local paper in St Albans after becoming a member of the 135 Association (http://boakandbailey.com/2012/12/the-original-brewery-fanboys/) by drinking at every pub listed in the pamphlet. Graham Lees, another founder member of the Campaign, happened to be working on the paper in question and gave him a call. Like many such relics (http://boakandbailey.com/2013/02/life-on-the-margins/), it’s interesting not only in itself, but also because it’s covered in annotations — in this case, A to Z map references and crosses against the name of each pub.
This kind of thing is great PR, and a tactic still in use: only last week, we noted that the Post Office Vaults in Birmingham (http://boakandbailey.com/2013/04/brief-encounter-beer/) were offering a ‘beer passport’ for £2, listing 200 of their bottled beers. (http://2hundredbeers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/introduction.html) On drinking one bottle of each, and getting a stamp, the holder is entitled to a case of beer. (Sadly, there is no embroidered tie.) There were two students earnestly working their way through the Schlenkerla Rauchbiers on our visit.

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