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Despite spending more than a week in London sidling up to people saying “Pssst! Wanna buy a book about beer?” we managed a decent number of posts in June. http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/barley_illustration_1024-150x150.png*
We’ve noticed a distinctly improved malt character in the last two pale ales we’ve brewed at home, and think we know why… (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/subtle-variety-texture/)

For the Session #88, we asked people to try ‘traditional beer mixes’. Here’s our contribution. (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/session-88-crazy-mixed-world/)

→ A letter from former CAMRA chairman James Lynch prompted us to consider whether beer geeks owe a debt to the old regional brewers (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/owe-debt-regionals/).
→ A bit fun: etiquette expert R.M. Banks considers the impact of smartphones on pub conversation (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/modern-pubmanship-part-1-smartphones/).
→ In the first part of a series, we finally got round to trying Mackeson Stout (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/st-michaels-canon-1-mackeson/), as recommended by Michael ‘Beer Hunter’ Jackson in the first beer guide we ever bought.
→ And in the second part, we tried Williams Bros Ebulum (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/st-michaels-canon-2-ebulum/).
→ The launch of St Austell Korev in cans led us to ponder the*meaning of those little tins that are so fashionable these days (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/craft-can-means/) — what message do they*send?
→ We rounded up Session #88, for which there were 18 entries (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/round-session-88-beer-mixes/).
→ A 1995 edition of*The Grist magazine shone a light on a turning point in British beer culture (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/embracing-keg-rejecting-camra-1995/).
→ A few interesting beer-related projects have emerged or are underway (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/some-beer-related-projects-of-note/), from podcasts to print magazines.
→ We found Pistonhead Lager rather depressing (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/world-lager-disguised-as-craft-beer/).
→ Our week away wasn’t just about flogging books — we also got to gorge on the kinds of beers we rarely see in Cornwall (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/beery-highlights-week-london/).
→ Inspired by a 1964 book we picked up in London, we wrote about the Britannia, a British pub installed at the 1958 Brussels World Fair, aka Expo 58 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/britannia-brussels-1958/).
→ Do tasters given away by pubs and bars impact on their margin (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/tasters-margin-craft-beer/)? And do they pass the cost on to drinkers?
→ Another in a month of firsts: we finally got to try Greene King XX Mild, which we were beginning to doubt really existed (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/greene-king-mild-last/). (“But it’s really common where I live, ten yards from the brewery!”)
→ We dissected a 1984 guide to real ale in Devon in search of insights (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/dissecting-1984-local-beer-guide/).
→ Four new instalments in our video series*The Strange Rebirth of British Beer in 10 Objects (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/10-objects/)*went live.
→ We put together a*couple of*new galleries: brewery bigwigs (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/gallery-brewing-aristocracy/)*and*London pub details (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/gallery-london-pub-details/).
→ And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, check out the links in our weekly round-ups of news, nuggets and longreads (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/).
The Month That Was: June 2014 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/07/month-june-2014/)

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