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January was both gloomy*and real-life*busy — not ideal blogging conditions — but we found time for a few posts.→ The month kicked off with a short contribution to the 107th edition of The Session: are brewers our friends, and do we want them to be? (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/session-107-am-i-your-friend/)*(The full session round-up is available at the Community Beer Works website (http://www.communitybeerworks.com/2016/01/the-session-107-a-recap-of-friendship/).)
→ We reached a final decision on our favourite bottled mild (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/the-best-bottled-milds-are/). (There’s more on the meaning of bottled*mild from Joe Tindall*here (http://thefatalglassofbeer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/going-mild.html).)
→ In the first of a new series of Notes & Queries type posts we looked into the history of the Falmouth Brewery Co. (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/qa-the-falmouth-brewery-co/) on behalf of Neil McDonald, which also led to…
→ A raw info dump of the names of Cornish brewers according to a 19th century trade directory (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/raw-info-cornish-brewers-1856/). Someone might find it useful down the line — you never know.
→ We asked for your help in finding people who worked or drank in pre-fabricated pubs in the period after World War II (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/a-longshot-prefab-pubs/). We got some amazing leads off this — thanks everyone! — but would still like more.
→ We pondered whether a certain type of traditional brewery remains endangered (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/breweries-with-chimneys-endangered-species/) despite the general boom in brewery numbers of the last 40 years.
→ How many pubs does a community need? We reckon the answer is, as a bare minimum, two — one you go to, and one you don’t (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/the-bare-minimum-number-of-pubs/).
http://i2.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/old_cellars_tentenden_alan_f_turner_1966_600px.jpg ?resize=600%2C450The Old Cellars, Tenterden, as drawn by Alan F. Turner.→ The last of the Batsford pub guides, D.B. Tubbs’s Kent Pubs from 1966,*got the highlighter treatment (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/bits-we-underlined-in-kent-pubs-1966/): ‘One of the regulars is a one-eyed swan named Nelson who lives down the road. It is quite respectable to see him, even after a long session.’
→ We flagged an interesting passage in an interesting book about Pakistani immigrants in Bradford pubs in the mid-1960s (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/pakistanis-in-the-pub-bradford-c-1965/). (They were keen but, as we read it, weren’t made all that welcome.)
→ What became of a Great Yarmouth pub called Kitty Witches (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/qa-what-became-of-kitty-witches-great-yarmouth/)?
→ Boak had what might be her beer of the year (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/hoptimystic-at-the-star-inn/) at the Star Inn, Crowlas.
→*If you feel the romance of the mid-20th century pub, flat-roofed or otherwise, then you’ll want to add these nostalgic blogs to your reading list (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/nostalgic-20th-century-pub-blogs/).
→ How was draught Guinness served in Britain up to the 1960s (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/draught-guinness-1960s/) — cask, keg or something in-between? (There’s something of a companion piece by Gary Gilman here (http://www.beeretseq.com/some-thoughts-on-guinness/).)
→ We exchanged a few emails with Eddie Lofthouse, the boss at Cornwall’s Harbour Brewing, and stitched the results together into a kind-of-interview (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/by-correspondence-eddie-lofthouse-harbour-brewing/):*‘When we started we thought we knew quite a lot about beer and brewing. We quickly learned we knew pretty much nothing.’
→ In an attempt to liven up our palates we’ve asked the adventurous Dina to suggest some beers we ought to try; the first we tasted was Lindemans/Mikkeller Spontanbasil (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/magical-mystery-pour-spontanbasil/).
→ And we finished the month back on Guinness, gaining some sense of its reputation and status from a humorous 1959 article about the supposed magic of the Dublin-brewed stuff (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/01/the-mystic-power-of-guinness-1959/).
→ There were also the usual weekly links round-ups (http://boakandbailey.com/tag/news-nuggets/), a few bits and pieces on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/boakandbailey)*(give us a Like), lots of Tweets (https://twitter.com/BoakandBailey)*(follow us) and an email newsletter with info on our latest book project (sign up here (http://tinyletter.com/boakandbailey)).
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