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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/march_postcard.jpgDespite being all over the place*running real-life errands, we managed to turn out a respectable number of posts in March, a couple of which were accidental epics. → There was a good batch of #BeeryLongReads from across the Blogoshire (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/all-the-beerylongreads-from-february-2015/) including insights into the politics of keg lines in bars and a profile of a South London brewery.
→ Ted Bruning’s short book*Merrie England: the medieval roots of the great British pub*got a thumbs-up from us (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/book-review-merrie-england-by-ted-bruning/).
→ Also on the subject of pub history, how is it that so many of them are allowed to get away with straight-up lying about their history (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/great-story-shame-its-not-true/)?
→ For the 97th beer blogging session we pondered what it takes for a town or city to become a ‘beer destination’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/session-97-up-and-coming-beer-destinations/). (If it hasn’t got history, it needs artists and students.)
→ In a pub in the Devon-Cornwall borderlands we observed something really sweet: middle-aged men making friends (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/the-pub-where-grown-ups-make-friends/).
→ Still on the same turf, we crawled the many pubs of the coastal settlement of Kingsand-Cawsand (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/a-kingsand-cawsand-pub-crawl/).
→ In 1978, the Campaign for Real Ale predicted that lager’s share of the UK beer market couldn’t keep growing, but they were very wrong (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/underestimating-lager-1978/). (The Pub Curmudgeon reference this*in a post on Greene King IPA and the appeal of accessible beers (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-bland-leading-bland.html).)
→ We imagined an alliance between the kings of the UK craft beer scene, BrewDog, and Greene King (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/what-if-brewdog-greene-king/)– a conservative family brewery not fondly regarded by beer geeks.
→ Jon Kyme of Stringer’s brewery is a spiky critic of the scene; we exchanged emails with him to find out why (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/a-disruptive-influence/).
→ Yorkshire’s Summer Wine is a brewery with a cult following but, on evidence to date, we’re not convinced (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/four-from-summer-wine/).
→ R.D. Blackmore’s 1869 novel*Lorna Doone contains a spirited*expression of the virtues of good English beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/john-ridd-on-beer/).
→ Ongoing debates (boy, do they go on!) about the precise meaning of ‘craft beer’ in the UK took a new twist when a government agency accidentally got involved (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/craft-defined-in-other-bubbles/).
→ Having predicted that in 2015 a big brewer would produce a contrived viral video in which ‘hipsters’ are tricked into saying they like a mainstream beer, we couldn’t help but crow when Budweiser did just that (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/video-called-it/).
→ Sometimes, being a good beer geek means using your powers to help people avoid beers you love (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/100-words-using-powers-for-good/).
→ In 2000+ words, drawing on our eight years’ of experience, we*had the sheer nerve to tell you how to run a beer blog (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/how-to-beer-blog/).
→ In the last week, we became fascinated by some quirks of UK pub licensing history: first, we explored the ‘bona fide traveller (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/bona-fide-travellers-fibbing-for-a-pint/)‘, and then the fun there was to be had in making your drinking day as long as possible in 1920s and 30s London (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/not-enough-opening-hours-in-the-day/).
→ The sun came out and we went to enjoy it at our favourite faux-Mediterranean seaside*pub (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/sun-trap/).
→*The Lilliput Beer Book from 1956 isn’t an essential purchase but it contains*some interesting nuggets (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/03/the-lilliput-beer-book-1956/).
→ There were four weekly links round-ups (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/), too — a whole lot of reading for a rainy Sunday, if you missed them first time round.
→ We also sent out a 1000-word email newsletter (sign-up! (https://tinyletter.com/boakandbailey)), and were all over Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/boakandbailey) and Twitter…

In the window of a local charity shop. Isn't that He-Man from Masters of the Universe on the 1976 Krug? pic.twitter.com/9fhfmBNNZh (http://t.co/9fhfmBNNZh)
— Boak and Bailey (@BoakandBailey) March 27, 2015 (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey/status/581393197517135872)

This post is a touch premature what with there being three days left to go, but we won’t be able to post next weekend, and we like to do these monthly round-up posts on Sunday.
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