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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bullseye_brown_november_2014.pngNovember was all about Watney’s (again), Porter (again) and J.D. Wetherspoon (again). Here are the headlines:→ We published a short ebook called*Gambrinus Waltz*for the Amazon Kindle (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/our-new-ebook-gambrinus-waltz/), about the rise and fall of German lager beer in Victorian and Edwardian London.
→ After all this time, we finally got round to putting together a home brew recipe for the famously reviled Watney’s Red (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/brewing-watneys-red-not-red-barrel-1971/) (not Red Barrel) based on original paperwork from 1971.
→ After tasting about 25*different examples over the course of more than a month,*we decided on our favourite porter for winter 2014 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/porter-taste-grand-final/). (And told readers of the*Guardian Guide about it here.) (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/22/best-places-to-eat-out-this-week)
And the rest, in order of publication:→ Testing out the new Craftwork menu at our local branch of Wetherspoon (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/alternate-spoons-craft-continuum/), we concluded that it was probably, on balance, a good thing.
→ Responding to the topic set for the 93rd beer blogging session, we used Kölsch as an example of why travelling is sometimes the only way to really*‘get’ a particular style of beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/session-93-travel/). (The hosts posted their round-up here (http://theroamingpint.com/the-session-93-round-up/).)
→ We recommended a few pub-crawling blogs (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/pub-crawling-blogs/) less po-faced and sedentary than ours.
→ Finally, after years of anticipation, we got to try a mild brewed at the Star Inn, Crowlas, and found it pretty good (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/one-trendy-milds/).
→ Here’s our attempt to produce a usable home brewing recipe for Watney’s Brown Ale c.1965 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/kegronomicon-watneys-brown-1965/).
→ Conclusively, once and for all, and brooking no debate, we have declared the best beer in the world, for all time (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/100-words-and-thats-final/).
→*With some archive digging, we attempted to get to the origin of clichés about*‘chemical beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/chemical-beer-and-camra/)’ in the conversation about good beer.
→ We over-thought the question of ‘beer of the year’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/pondering-beers-year/).
→ Tap East’s APA really floated our boat (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/beers-of-convenience-in-london/).
→ Responding to a question from Chad Polenz, we set out our thinking on whether tasting/judging certifications are helpful for beer writers (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/certifications-and-beer-writing/).
→ We tasted some beers with ingredients intended to evoke or express their place of origin and concluded that a pinch of a novelty ingredient does not make ‘beer from a place’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/beers-pinch-place/).
→ More archive digging, this time seeking to work out when and where people started pairing specific beers with particular foods (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/pairing-beer-food-begin/).
→ We concluded the month with a #BeeryLongReads entry called ‘Welcome to Adnamsland (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/welcome-to-adnamsland/)’ — an attempt to evoke the culture and landscape in which Adnams sits rather than a profile of the brewery.
→ And here are all the #BeeryLongReads from around the blogoshire (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/beerylongreads-november-2014/).
→ We also wrote our usual weekly round-ups of links and news (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/).
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