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These are the beer- and pub-related blog posts and articles that we’ve found most interesting, entertaining or amusing in the past week.→ For*Draft Magazine Joe Stange has compiled a list of recipes for ‘hot beer drinks’ from lambswool*to Cornish shenagrum (http://draftmag.com/hot-beer-drinks-gluhkriek-flips/). (The latter being our contribution.)
→ Justin Mason provides notes and observations on a pretty serious-sounding home brew beer festival in Essex (http://masonjust.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/beer-in-essex-i-dont-think-any-of-us.html):
I don’t think any of us actually brew in our sheds…*I’ve been home brewing for about four years, and I took it up as a way of saving money. I started brewing from kits at first but soon moved on to all-grain brewing with some interesting results in the beginning.
→ Steve ‘Beers I’ve Known’ Lamond reflects on*the increasing number of strong,*hoppy double IPAs being brewed in Ireland (http://beersiveknown.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/all-hops.html), with input from the brewers themselves.
→ The Bag O’Nails in Bristol (which we wrote about here (http://boakandbailey.com/2012/11/a-pub-with-a-guvnor/)) has gained a cult following because of its fifteen cats,*according to*BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-34871580):
The cats that are left variously go by names such as Salvador, Absinthe, Pompidou and Caligula, and “apart from the odd, external influence” are all descended from Malcolm, a British short-haired male silver tabby, and solid black female Beresford, named after a former landlord.
→ This account of two men who continued drinking in a Leeds pub garden even as the river flooded and rose around their waists went viral worldwide (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34836397/leeds-pub-garden-floods-men-go-for-pint-anyway), seeming to reflect the British reputation for stoicism and eccentricity.

There actually are 2 men sitting waist-deep in a flooded pub garden in Leeds to finish their pints. I'm impressed. pic.twitter.com/k76lAXFKun (https://t.co/k76lAXFKun)
— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) November 15, 2015 (https://twitter.com/imbadatlife/status/665969520041967617)

→ San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing has been bought out by Constellation Brands for a startling $1bn and the usual cycle of commentary has played out:*dismay, boycotts, ‘why this is good news’ opinion pieces, and ennui. Jeff Alworth provides interesting commentary (http://allaboutbeer.com/betting-a-billion-dollars-against-a-bubble/), though, suggesting that*Constellation*‘look at that 200 million barrel U.S. beer market and see a lot more craft in its future—and they’re willing to pay a king’s ransom to make sure they have a brand in the game.’*On the same topic, Stephen Beaumont asks breweries that have been taken over to ‘cut the crap’ (http://beaumontdrinks.com/dear-brewery-with-the-sold-sign-cut-the-crap/):
[When]*your company’s entire marketing strategy has for years been based upon the premise of “small is good, big is evil,” do you honestly think it reasonable to suddenly turn on a dime and tell us otherwise? After imploring us to “buy local” for decades, does it really make sense to expect us to abruptly opt for “international” instead?
→ Not reading but listening: Dr Sam Goodman is one of the BBC’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ and gave a short lecture this week entitled ‘Beer and the British Empire’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06p5999). (Via @LiamTheBrewer (https://twitter.com/LiamTheBrewer).)
→ And finally…

My takeaway from tonight at #GuinnessOpenGate (https://twitter.com/hashtag/GuinnessOpenGate?src=hash) is that cask- or bottle-conditioned Guinness may be back on the cards pic.twitter.com/9TNCsEvWiC (https://t.co/9TNCsEvWiC)
— The Beer Nut (@thebeernut) November 18, 2015 (https://twitter.com/thebeernut/status/667127622799892480)

→ PS. Here’s a piece we wrote for*All About Beer on*the emergence of pale’n’hoppy British session beer (http://allaboutbeer.com/the-emergence-of-pale-n-hoppy-beers-in-the-uk/)*and how it has brought us to the about the*same place as the US trend for ‘session IPA’.
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