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Here’s a look back at what we posted in May, including a ‘long read’ about Boddington’s Bitter and a breakthrough on the Watney’s Red recipe front.http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/watneys-150x150.jpg*
We found information on the make-up of Watney’s beers in an unexpected place* (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/watneys-recipe-clues/).

We used our trip to Manchester to consider a great (sort of) ‘lost’ beer. (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/boddies-buried/)*(1500 words.)

→ We began the month with an unflattering ‘selfie’ and news that copies of*Brew Britannia had actually arrived in our sweaty hands (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/brew-britannia-landed/).
→*Our contribution to the 87th beer blogging session was a short consideration of the history of Ellis of Hayle (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/session-87-ellis-son-hayle/). We’d have liked more time to work on it, to be honest, but hey-ho. (Reuben Gray rounded up all the other contributions here (http://www.taleofale.com/2014/05/87th-roundup-thesession.html).)
→ On a related note, we volunteered to take on the 88th session. If you want to join in (and please do) the subject is ‘traditional beer mixes’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/session-88-announcement/).
→*Continuing our experiments in creative writing was*a portrait*of a local drinker (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/patrick-enough/)*who was very,*very drunk.
→ Is it OK to preserve a pub building by letting it be turned into a supermarket or fast food joint (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/pubs-or-pub-buildings/)? Or is that a fate worse than death?
→ St Austell’s ongoing fascination*with Belgian beer styles has produced a Kriek which we enjoyed as much for what it represents*as for its flavour (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/st-austell-tamar-creek/).
→ A*100-word pondering piece about diversity and complexity in the world of beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/simplicity-or-diversity/) prompted quite a few comments as people grappled with what ‘quality’ means and whether ‘authorial intent’ is more important than customer preference.
→ Having written a ton of (we think) interesting posts about CAMRA and its precursors in the last year or two, we decided to gather them together in one pos (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/archive-round-up-camra-and-real-ale/)t. (Yo, dawg — we heard you like round-ups, so we put a round-up in your round-up…)
→ We*flagged a couple of interesting posts elsewhere in the blogoshire on the subject of cellaring and cask ale (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/tradition-and-science-in-the-pub-cellar/). There have been further*developments (http://ale.gd/blog/2014/05/followup-cask-ale-fallacies/), including talk of a practical experiment with glass-fronted casks.
→ On*St Austell Proper Cool IPA and Thornbridge’s latest ‘leftfield’ brewing experiments (http://forums.pubsgalore.co.uk/%20St Austell Proper Cool IPA and Thornbridge's latest 'leftfield' brewing experiments.): “Black holes in space have yet to be directly observed, and*their*presence can only be*inferred through their interaction with other*matter*and light…*Recent events in the world of beer suggest that ‘craft beer’ might operate in the same way.”
→ We couldn’t tell if Hopjutter Triple Hop (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/hopjutter-triple-hop/) was too complex for us or just a bit nasty.
→*Here’s what we made of our trip up north and our first experience of face-to-face book promotion duties (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/reflections-northern-tour/).
→ Our most recent*100-word ‘shortread’ was an account of a pub’s efforts to*really kill the atmosphere (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/piped-doom-gloom/).
→ We announced a competition to win a case of beer and a copy of*Brew Britannia — all you have to do is leave a comment here by next Friday, 6 June (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/win-brew-britannia-beers/). The odds are looking good at the moment.
→ An article about Adnams’ Spindrift from 2007 led us to consider the early days of ‘craft keg’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/the-early-days-of-craft-keg/).
→ Magic Rock & Lervig collaborated on a Farmhouse IPA (hereafter ‘FIPA’) which knocked our socks off (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/magic-rock-lervig-farmhouse-ipa/), though it seemed less exciting on subsequent encounters.
→ There were also several compilations of ‘news, nuggets and longreads’ on*3 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/news-nuggets-longreads-03052014/), 10 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/news-nuggets-longreads-10052014/), 17 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/news-nuggets-longreads-17052014/)*and*24 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/news-nuggets-longreads-24052014/)*of May, and yesterday (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/05/news-nuggets-longreads-31052014/); four original videos in our series* (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFOxAS0cg)The Strange Rebirth of British Beer in 10 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFOxAS0cg) Objects (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFOxAS0cg); and a couple*of quotes (http://boakandbailey.com/type/quote/)*that caught our eye.
The Month That Was: May 2014 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/month-may-2014/)

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