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Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three. Come with us and you’ll be… in a world of beery information!→ The Queen’s speech on Wednesday included the announcement of Government plans for (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2014-what-it-means-for-you/queens-speech-2014-what-it-means-for-you)a new statutory code and independent adjudicator*for pubs (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2014-what-it-means-for-you/queens-speech-2014-what-it-means-for-you), with the primary intention of improving the fortunes of hard-pressed pub company tenants. CAMRA is*jubilant (http://www.camra.org.uk/article.php?group_id=13935); publican campaigners feel its a half-hearted compromise; opponents of state interference in business think it’s *step too far; and we’re holding our breath to see what the impact of even these timid steps might be, with the Beer Orders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beer_Orders) in mind.
→ Keen BrewDog watchers have been predicting a rebrand for some time (http://thebeerdiary.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/new-dog-old-tricks/) and it seems it’s finally arrived (http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/time-for-a-change). Is it just superficial, or does this also signal a cultural reboot for a company which has too often*seemed downright brattish?
→ Saved to Pocket (http://getpocket.com/) this week: Martyn Cornell’s lengthy examination*of how the RAF supplied troops in Europe with beer during World War II (http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/you-wont-believe-this-one-weird-trick-they-used-to-fly-beer-to-the-d-day-troops-in-normandy/). (We’ve seen that picture of the Spitfire with the beer barrels under its wings a millions times, but this goes into a*lot more detail.)
→*After our post about Mackeson (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/st-michaels-canon-1-mackeson/), The Beer Nut shared reviews of the same beer (http://thebeernut.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/at-cooking-stout.html) and its Trinidad-brewed XXX cousin (http://thebeernut.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/beers-in-sun.html)*from his vast archive.
→ There’s yet more decent coverage of beer on the BBC news website with this piece on craft beer in India (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27709826)*by Simon Atkinson.
→ This photograph of Kate ‘Maid Marian’ Lonergan hit us hard in the childhood nostalgia glands:

Er… crazy. So it WAS Maid Marian. She does horticulture now and did the hops for Meantime. Day made. pic.twitter.com/D2d4LlaEBJ (http://t.co/D2d4LlaEBJ)
— It Comes In Pints? (@icipints) June 5, 2014 (https://twitter.com/icipints/statuses/474638187319791616)

→ And, finally, those of you who like to handle the goods before buying might be interested to know that*Brew Britannia is apparently available in actual bricks and mortar branches of Waterstones.
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