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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/april_month_672.jpgBetter late than never, here’s a round-up of everything we posted in*April.(Well, we say ‘everything’ but, by our standards, it wasn’t a hugely productive month, what with family business, holidays and paying work getting in the way.)
→*We found a perfectly English pub in Devon (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/the-lesser-spotted-true-red-lion/):
Though it was in need of a tidy and a lick of paint, this back yard*came closer to the feel of a Bavarian beer garden than anywhere else we’ve been in Britain and yet, at the same time, could not be anywhere but in England: above the purple-grey slate rubble*tower of St George’s church to our left fluttered*the red cross of the national flag, while downhill was the high thatched roof of a cottage around which newly-arrived swallows*were swooping.
→ Also in Devon, we stumbled across bottles of Goose Island IPA with an apparent Brettanomyces infection (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/brett-in-unexpected-places/), the results of which were utterly delightful.
→ We launched a series of posts on tasting British saisons: Intro (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/saison-season-is-open/) | Part 1: Lemonheads (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/saison-season-pt1-lemonheads/) | Part 2: The Herbalist (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/saison-season-pt-2-the-herbalist/) | Part 3: Roobarb (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/saison-season-pt-3-roobarb/) | Part 4: Big Names (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/saisons-pt-4-big-names/).
→ That also prompted a side note pondering*whether herbs, fruit or spices work better in beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/gimmick-or-twist/) when they are a genuine attempt at a twist rather than a mere gimmick.
→*Our e-book*Gambrinus Waltz got its first review in the journal of the*Brewery History Society (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/gambrinus-waltz-first-review/). (The review we mention in that post is now available free online as a PDF (http://www.breweryhistory.com/journal/archive/160/BookReview.pdf).)
→*We launched Back of a Beer Mat,*a free e-book (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/back-of-a-beer-mat-a-free-e-book/) compiling revised versions of some our best posts along with a few rarities previously published elsewhere. (You can download it directly from Smashwords. (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/536591))
→ Etiquette expert R.M. Banks contributed a piece on the problem posed by entering a pub only to discover it has no decent beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/modern-pubmanship-part-4-nor-any-drop-to-drink/):
At which, like young Harker hoofing across the threshold of Castle Dracula, What ho!-ing freely, you confront a scene of infinite horror: there is not one beer on the bar counter worth your*time, your precious*coinage, or the strain on the old sock which serves in place of your liver.
→ We were interested to hear that CAMRA has taken further steps to bring key kegs into the fold (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/in-brief-camra-and-key-kegs/)*— so much so, in fact, that we wrote a follow-up piece entitled ‘Things We Love About*CAMRA (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/things-we-love-about-camra/)‘. (Which in turn*prompted responses from the Pub Curmudgeon (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/camra-what-is-it-good-for.html) and Cooking Lager Part 1 (http://cookinglager.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/i-love-camra-too.html) | Part 2 (http://cookinglager.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/a-love-letter-to-camra-part-2.html).)
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→ We attempted yet again to make sense of the world by categorising types of UK brewery in a chart (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/types-of-uk-brewery/).
→ Redwell Brewery’s latest venture gave us food for thought: what does it mean when a trendy craft brewery takes on the name of an old local firm that went out of business 40-odd years ago (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/04/non-craft-sub-brand/)?
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