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A bit late because we didn’t get round to it before we went on holiday, here’s a round-up of everything we posted in August.→ We started the month with a long piece on attempts by Watneys, Whitbread and other big British breweries to export the idea of the English pub to Continental Europe in the 1960s and 70s (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/english-pubs-on-the-continent/):
In the more sophisticated city centres, with their cosmopolitan populations, the cachet of drinking bitter seems to have had some success, particularly in Paris where there is a distinct preference for top-class beers.
→ Could*BrewDog brewing Arrogant Bastard in the UK (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/pondering-brewdog-brewing-stone/) turn into a more permanent arrangement? (James Watt of BrewDog: ‘No.’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/pondering-brewdog-brewing-stone/#comment-64199))
→ Though we’re still after a high resolution, full colour reproduction, we were pleased to find an image of one of Watney’s notorious 1970s ‘Red Revolution’ posters (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/red-storm-rising/).
→ We tasted one last UK saison (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/saisons-pt-9-we-lied-but-this-really-is-it/) (Cheddar Ales Firewitch) then a few from elsewhere (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/saisons-prelude-to-finale/) before finally rounding up our saison-tasting season and declaring an overall winner (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/the-great-british-saison-taste-off/).
→ Having sweated over our long essay published at the end of June we knew it would go out of date immediately and so provided a ‘One Year On, One Month On’ update (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/one-year-on-one-month-on/).
→ Here’s an out-take (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/the-campaign-for-unreal-ale-deleted-scene/) from the piece on Alastair Hook, Peter Haydon and Mark Dorber we wrote for*All About Beer.
→ Having snapped up a copy of*Which?*magazine’s 1960 report on the state of British beer we shared a summary of some of the key points (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/which-beer-report-1960/). We’ve since sent a scan to Ron Pattinson who is analysing it in much greater detail — parts one (http://barclayperkins.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/draught-bitter-in-1960.html) and two (http://barclayperkins.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/bottled-pale-ale-in-1960.html) are up now.
→*We came down off the fence, sort of, to concede that hazy beer might be a problem if it gives bad pubs another excuse for their poor beer: ‘It’s meant to be like that (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/its-meant-to-be-like-that-2015-edition/).’
→ A highly un-topical book review:*We Ran a Cornish Pub*came out in 1967 and offers a glimpse into the world of post-war pubs (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/books-we-ran-a-cornish-pub-1967/).
→ We weren’t blown away by the beer at the Hub, Truro, (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/hubbox-truro-better-beef-than-beer/) but we did enjoy the food, and it’s interesting to see the craft beer bar aesthetic spreading outside big cities.
→ Because it’s an obsession of ours, we were delighted to discover that Historic England has launched a project to catalogue and preserve post-war pubs (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/historic-england-and-post-war-pubs/). (Well, they say that — they’ve been a bit quiet since, perhaps overwhelmed by the response.)
→ In the 1970s CAMRA got everyone so excited about real ale that even British Rail got in on the act (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/the-age-of-rail-ale-1975-1980/).
→ None of them quite deserving their own post, we gathered together assorted notes on the West Cornwall beer and pub scene (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/west-cornwall-notes/).
→ In 1989, Ronny Fincham drowned in beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/the-strange-death-of-ronny-fincham/).
→*Does the UK have ‘must try’ regional speciality beers (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/in-region-you-must-try-beer/)? If so, what are they?
→ We also posted a couple of picture posts — one of leaflets from Fuller’s and Young & Co in the 1970s (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/gallery-you-ought-to-know-whose-beer-youre-drinking/), and another of promotional images for a car from the 1950s which feature Oxfordshire pubs (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/08/pictures-driving-to-the-pub-1956/)*— as well as a couple of quotations offered without comment (http://boakandbailey.com/type/quote/).
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