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Here’s our pick of the most interesting, entertaining or eye-opening beer-related reading of the last week.→ Zak Avery, who sells beer as well as writing about it, gave first-hand evidence of what he calls ‘craft creep’ (http://thebeerboy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/craft-creep.html):
“We don’t have a brewery, we cuckoo brew at a few places. Just think of us as a wholesaler”. A quick squint at Ratebeer confirmed this, but it was news to me. And they didn’t have any beer to sell. Did I want to order off a production schedule? Err, not right now, I need to place orders with breweries who actually have beer to sell, who have committed themselves to a course, not just speculatively dipped their toes in.
→ And his colleague,*Ghost Drinker, had a rant about quality control at the breweries which supply their business (http://ghostdrinker.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/dont-give-me-that-crap.html).
→ Crema’s Beer Odyssey*indulged in an orgy of*cheese and beer pairing (http://cremasbeerodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/beer-cheese-match-made-in-heaven.html), as recounted in pleasingly geeky detail by Emma:
Each of the cheeses was gosh-darned delicious in its own right and so were the beers (which we knew before we started doing the pairings) so we were starting from a very solid platform of tastiness. Everything was going to be good, but the question was: ‘how good?’
→ Des de Moor*took up our challenge (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey/status/600194305643405312) and visited the top 12 London pubs of 1967 as listed in Len Deighton’s London Dossier,*for Londonist (http://londonist.com/2015/08/what-has-happened-to-the-best-london-pubs-of-1967-part-one):
Another famous pub only just survives. Every Good Friday, a young Royal Navy sailor adds a further hot cross bun to a collection hung in a net over the bar of the Widow’s Son, Bow…*Besides decaying bread the interior retains some engraved glass though much was stripped by previous landlords and you can’t avoid the whiff of neglect in a blokey, though friendly, place dominated by a pool table, big screen sport and industrial keg beer.
→ For*Eater, Sarah Baird reflected on just how much booze got consumed in the cartoons we all grew up watching (http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/8/10/9126181/alcohol-and-cartoons):
http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/mickey_with_beer_150.jpgResearchers watched every G-rated movie created between 1937 and 2000, tracking the instances of alcohol consumption in each film. Of the 81 films reviewed, a whopping 47 percent depicted alcohol use, with Sleeping Beauty taking the prize for booziest, full-length animated feature (alcohol is present for 174 seconds).
→ The Great British Beer Festival has been going on all week and the new Champion Beer of Britain is Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch (http://www.camra.org.uk/news/-/asset_publisher/1dUgQCmQMoVC/content/champion-beer-of-brita-1). We weren’t there, and don’t recall having tasted Cwtch ourselves, but our remote read, via Twitter and other coverage, is that it’s considered a worthy winner more-or-less all round.
→ Roger Protz’s account of the early days of beer writing (http://protzonbeer.co.uk/comments/2015/08/08/how-writers-boosted-beer-s-image) reminded us of the default headline, ‘Only Here for the Beer’, but this is a humdinger:

Most tortuous #GBBF2015 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/GBBF2015?src=hash) headline gymnastics award goes to JapanTimesco.jp with 'It’s Ale Bent For Lather As Suds Fest Fetes Brit Beer Boom'
— Ten Inch Wheels (@teninchwheels) August 12, 2015 (https://twitter.com/teninchwheels/status/631358247551823872)

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