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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/breakfast_reading_illustration.pngIt’s Friday night but, because we’re catching an early train to visit the Eden Project, perhaps stopping off at St Austell Brewery to try the new stout and the gose, here’s a premature Saturday morning round-up. → For the*Guardian, Ben Walters wrote about the declining numbers of gay pubs (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices), and pondered whether this is good news (pubs in general are more welcoming) or bad. (Via @kmflett (http://twitter.com/kmflett).)
→ Tandleman evoked a pre-Christmas evening in a Franconian pub (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/advent-at-forchheim.html):
A couple of accordion playing dudes are giving Deutsche Blasmusik their all, while the crowd – some of them at least –* sing along, or tap their tables enthusiastically. Along the front of the pub, which somehow seems like the back wall, a group are playing Skat – or it could be Schafkopf, both of which are popular German card games of impenetrable rules, that, whichever it is, involve a lot of noisy shouting and table thumping.
→ Ahead of this year’s General Election, James Nicholson offered a helpful summary of the main UK political parties’ stances on alcohol and the problems of national alchol policy (http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/national-and-local-policy-lessons-from-the-history-of-alcohol):
Historically, Tory support for market freedom and connections with the brewing trade have clashed with moral conservatism and the desire to be tough on social disorder; Labour’s traditional instinct for business regulation risks looking like an attack on popular cultural activities when it adds to the cost of a pint.
→*For the*New York Times, Ian Mount talked to*US brewing industry figures about the likelihood of an imminent end to the ongoing craft beer boom (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/business/smallbusiness/betting-on-the-growth-of-microbreweries.html). (Via @agoodbeerblog, whose commentary is here (http://beerblog.genx40.com/archive/2015/february/arebettertimes).)
→ An interesting development: a London bar focusing exclusively on Italian craft beer (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/General-News/The-Italian-Job-craft-beer-pub-Chiswick). We can see this being (a) really hip and (b) starting a trend for regionally-specific craft beer bars.
→ Jeff Pickthall dug out a craft beer manifesto*his brother, Steve, wrote on Usenet back in 2002 (http://jeffpickthall.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/way-back-in-dark-ages-before-blogs.html). (Contemporary with their running of Microbar in South London described in Chapter 12 of*Brew Britannia.)
→ We don’t live in America and we don’t identify as Craft Beer drinkers (capital C, capital B, face tattoos,*T-shirts) so the Budweiser Superbowl advert controversy left us cold, but, for the record, Stan Hieronymus has rounded up some of the many, many responses here. (http://appellationbeer.com/blog/getting-the-bud-links-out-the-way-and-moving-on/)*Our*favourite discovery, though, was*this resurfaced and newly-relevant 2013 piece by Tom Acitelli (http://tomacitelli.com/2013/10/13/it-was-17-years-ago-today-that-american-craft-beer-met-craig-hanson/)*about an earlier run-in between Anheuser-Busch and the ‘craft community’ back in 1996.
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