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‘The Month That Was’ is a regular round-up of all our recent blog posts. → We reported on batches of bottled mild from the Midlands (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/bottled-milds-2-the-midlands/), Cambs/Lincs/Essex (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/bottled-milds-3-fenlands/) and a couple of strays from Wales and Sussex (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/bottle-milds-4-old-dark/).
→ The Pasglas was used for communal drinking games (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/the-pasglas/) and Dutch artists of the 17th century loved to paint them.
→ Jean Van Roy of Cantillon caused a stir when he suggested climate change might be to blame for the brewery’s supply problems (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/climate-change-and-british-beer/). (Counterpoint: No, he’s just generating PR (https://twitter.com/totalcurtis/status/661873891439214592).)
→ Hermann Muender was a German brewer who set up and ran the Harp plant in Dundalk, Ireland, in the mid-20th century; he had an interesting life (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/hermann-muender-lager-missionary/).
→ We tried to map Dr Paul Bloom’s article on why people buy luxury goods to the world of ‘fancy beer’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/the-lure-of-luxury-the-call-of-craft/).
→ It was a bit of musical month: Dave Bartholomew asked ‘Who Drank My Beer (While I Was in the Rear)’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/who-drank-my-beer-1952/)*(1952) while Ram John Holder had the ‘Pub Crawling Blues’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/music-pub-crawling-blues/)*(1969).
→ Can you make yourself like a particular type of beer by forcing yourself to keep trying it (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/drink-it-until-you-like-it/)?
→ We’re ‘going long’ on 18 December; it’s always nice to have company and so, to encourage people to join us, we’re giving away prizes for our favourite #BeeryLongreads entry this time round (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/another-round-of-beerylongreads-18-dec-2015/). (The first entry is already in (http://thenoisethatwemade.com/2015/11/24/craft-beer-as-a-subculture-imbc-2015/).)
→*Andrew Drinkwater correctly identified why the Windsor Castle is an appropriate pub for November: it’s the headquarters of the Handlebar Club (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/a-quick-quiz-question/).
→ We stumbled upon evidence of the word ‘craft’ loitering around the edges of the conversation from 1946 (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/craft-cider-1946/): ‘Maybe it can hardly be called a craft in the strict sense, but cider-making is an interesting old country work…’
→ Bailey recounted a vivid childhood memory of bottle caps, root beer and pub cellars (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/a-vivid-memory/).
→ We reflected on a conversation with a bloke in a pub in Exeter who didn’t seem to know that Heavitree stopped brewing in the 1970s (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/do-people-realise-breweries-have-gone/).
→ Boak gave some advice to Christmas pudding cooks passing by via Google searches on how to find barley wine (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/public-service-announcement-barley-wine-for-stir-up-sunday/). (I used Harvey’s Christmas Ale in mine in the end —*Boak.)
→ Those Batsford pub guides from the 1960s are full of interesting details: here are the bits we underlined in 1965’s Sussex Pubs (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/bits-we-underlined-in-sussex-pubs-1966/).
→ We want your help: did you drink in any of the theme pubs on our list, or theme pubs in general, between 1945 and 1980 (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/help-us-theme-pubs/)?
→ Does brewing tea offer a useful analogy for hopping in beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/late-addition-teabags/)?
→ Harvey’s diddy little 275ml bottles look as if they’ve come from a dusty old pub that closed down in 1983. We offered some notes on their distinctly retro brown ale, light ale and sweet stout (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/retro-bottles-from-harveys/).
→ In 1927 Ernest Selley tried to categorise the main types of pub and came up with ‘Food Taverns’, ‘Social Houses’ and ‘Drink Shops’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/types-of-pub-1927/).
→ And the year before H.V. Morton observed the hawkers and performers wandering from London pub to London pub (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/pub-entertainment-1926/), including a well-to-do young man with a pair of scissors.
→ Is the much-talked about hop shortage already biting? We’ve been told of one beer that’s endangered (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/pub-entertainment-1926/). (And, in the comments, there’s news of another.)
→ There were*four weekly news round-ups (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/)*stuffed with links and we also*provided a couple of*quotes (http://boakandbailey.com/type/quote/) without commentary, the best of which was probably this on light ale and lager from Len Deighton in 1965 (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/quote-light-ale-lager-1965/).
→ And, finally, we quietly updated our standing advice on buying Christmas gifts for beer lovers (http://boakandbailey.com/guides-lists/christmas-gifts-beer-lovers/).
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