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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/breakfast_reading_illustration.pngIt’s Saturday morning so here’s our usual round-up of links, this week including tax and VAT (woo-hoo!), barmaids, beer for women, Panamanian craft beer, and gastropubs.→ A thought from Richard Taylor at the Beercast: could more small breweries be taking advantage of tax breaks for research and development (http://thebeercast.com/2014/12/rd-tax-relief.html)?
I got in touch with Kian Coertze at JC, and he expanded on Peter’s thinking. “Under the SME (Small or Medium Enterrpise) scheme the tax relief on allowable R&D costs is 225%. This means if an SME spends £40,000 on R&D, they will receive an additional £50,000 of tax relief, saving them £10,000 on their tax bill.”
→*Martyn Cornell has written at length about the history of (mostly pink) (http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/i-have-found-a-beer-women-will-like-and-ironically-its-pink/)‘smoking wrecks of attempts to get females to drink more beer, dating back to the 1980s.’
→ Saved to Pocket (http://getpocket.com)*this week: Kristen D Burton’s essay for The Appendix entitled*‘Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History of Drunkenness (http://theappendix.net/issues/2014/10/blurred-forms-an-unsteady-history-of-drunkenness)’. (Title best sung to the tune of the Robin Thicke song with a similar name.)
→ This is an interesting angle*on the emerging craft beer scene in Panama: it is taking off there, argues the author, at least partly because Panamanians are in love with American culture. (Via @thirsty_pilgrim (http://twitter.com/thirsty_pilgrim))
→ Eater (a sort of Buzzfeed for food)*tells the story of*the*global rise of the gastropub (http://www.eater.com/2014/12/5/7329279/gastropubs-history-explained). We can’t vouch for the history — gastropubs are on our list of things to research properly — but there are some interesting quotes and we have to admit we hadn’t realised the phenomenon had reached beyond Britain.
→ Vagenda has a first-hand account of the harassment and sexism endured by a*‘barmaid’ (http://vagendamagazine.com/2014/12/the-sexist-nightmare-that-is-being-a-barmaid/) (their distancing quote marks, but it’s a word on its way out, we suspect — we find ourselves avoiding writing it these days).
→ The slow-motion collapse of London Fields Brewery continues: the premises were raided by HMRC this week over unpaid VAT (http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/cocaine-smuggling-brewery-boss-held--in-vat-raid-9905800.html). We don’t know the ins and outs of this particular case but, in general, we do know that being arrested over VAT is a bad sign.
→ Ed is doing a lot of home brewing at the moment and here are his thoughts on all-Brettanomyces-fermented beers (http://edsbeer.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/brewing-all-brettanomyces-beer.html), along with a tip on preventing them becoming sour.
→ The Golden Pints have been kicked off by Andy Mogg (http://www.beerreviews.co.uk/beer/golden-pint-awards-2014/)*and Chris Hall is posting his Golden Posts (http://chrishallbeer.com/2014/02/14/golden-posts-2014/) tomorrow. You don’t need a blog to take part in either so Speak Your Brains!
→ And, finally, here’s a complete list of winners at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ Awards (http://www2.beerguild.co.uk/?p=7045).
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