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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pub_st_just_stained_glass.jpgFebruary’s a funny month in Cornwall: everything’s closed*for refurbishment and the pubs are so quiet you can hear the bar staff *blink. This is how we survived it.→ The month kicked off with highlights fom an account by a British brewer of his work in Belgium c.1924 (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/english-brewer-belgium-1924/), including clandestine night-time pipe-fitting.
→ We blended Orval with Old Peculier (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/peculiorval/) to great effect; and, less successfully, with two classic bottled best bitters/pale ales (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/londorval-landlorval/). (We also inspired Ghost Drinker to have a go (http://ghostdrinker.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/foreign-export-orval.html)*and we received some reports on Twitter, too: 1 (https://twitter.com/leithdave/status/564187346112118785)| 2 (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey/status/569536812311568385) | 3 (https://twitter.com/marcprill/status/569543306356625408).)
→ A 100-word ‘beery short read': Should we acknowledge deliberately provocative (trolling) publicity stunts (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/100-words-feeding-the-beast/) by breweries, or even*‘call them out’?
→ For the 96th beer blogging Session, we considered the historic role of beer festivals, and what their purpose is today (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/session-96-festivals/).
→*We drank new beers from St Austell at the brewery bar (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/spingo-spingo-gose-orval/).
→ Multiple editions of Jeff Evans’s*Good Bottled Beer Guide*gave us some data on hop varieties in British brewing (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/hop-varieties-british-bottled-beer/) with which to play. (The results weren’t surprising.)
→*We spoke to the man who organised the very first CAMRA beer competition at the Great British Beer Festival back in 1978 (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/champion-beer-of-britain-origins/).
→ To accompany the BBC’s adaptation of*Wolf Hall, we devilled some ale (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/devilled-ale/).
→*We recorded our pub crawl in St Just, near Land’s End, (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/the-st-just-pub-crawl/) with photos rather than words.
→ Whatever happened to those ‘soft’ fermented drinks that*used to sit on the spectrum between 1-3% ABV (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/temperance-spectrum/)?

We've been posting these on Facebook but here's one for Twitter: a British classic. pic.twitter.com/WTuDg9fnNq (http://t.co/WTuDg9fnNq)
— Boak and Bailey (@BoakandBailey) February 19, 2015 (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey/status/568445869776896001)

→ Ron Pattinson and Peter Haydon have a joint project to brew historic London beers in London, for sale in London pubs (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/historic-beers-for-london/). (London!)
→ Contrary to rumour, there are people in the UK blogoshire writing primarily about cask-conditioned beer: we highlighted three (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/cask-focused-uk-beer-blogs/).
→ Another 100-worder: not ordering a second pint can be a form of passive protest (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/not-the-same-again/).
→ In a series of related posts, we (a) asked which breweries people thought constituted ‘the usual suspects (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/not-the-same-again/)‘ and were thus given more than their fair share of attention; (b) considered the results (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/overunder-represented-pt-2/); and (c) pondered whether and why London-centricity might be a problem (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/londoncentricity-blogs-around-britain/).

So, just to be clear, is @HarviestounBrew (https://twitter.com/HarviestounBrew) Scottish? (Promo pic from c.1995.) pic.twitter.com/xTZ5h4H9ua (http://t.co/xTZ5h4H9ua)
— Boak and Bailey (@BoakandBailey) February 18, 2015 (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey/status/568100883394920448)

→* It*turns out hops can and have been grown in Cornwall (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/growing-hops-cornwall/), contrary to popular belief.
→ And, finally, for #BeeryLongReads, we wrote 2,500 words on Scottish brewery Williams Bros who were doing ‘craft’ before it was ‘a thing’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/02/williams-bros-craft-before-it-was-a-thing/).
→ There were also the usual weekly round-ups of news, nuggets and longreads (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/)*and*a 1000-word email newsletter (sign up! (https://tinyletter.com/boakandbailey)).
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