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25-02-2016, 09:25
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http://i2.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/keg_taps_1024.jpg?resize=840%2C530 When breweries resort to publicly shaming a bar for failing to pay for beer it’s probably a sign that establishment is in the process of failing. We’ve watched the increase in the number of craft beer bars (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/09/so-how-many-craft-beer-bars-are-there/) outside the very biggest urban centres (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/01/revisiting-spread-craft-beer/) with interest, and perhaps a little anxiety: can small towns, or even smaller cities, really support these kinds of niche venues?
We try not to be excessively*triumphalist (‘The victory of Craft is assured — not one step back!’) or*overly pessimistic (‘We’re doomed!’) but, on balance, this is a worrying sign — a small crack in the plaster that might be nothing, or might indicate*that*one side of the structure is about to fall off.
For now, it goes into a slim*file of evidence alongside the time we had a small-town craft beer bar to ourselves for two hours one Sunday lunchtime, and this story (http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/invincible-portsmouth-pub-ditches-craft-beer-concept-and-goes-back-to-its-roots-1-7220219)*from our Saturday news round-up (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/02/news-nuggets-longreads-20022016/)*about a supposed craft beer bar being turned back into a traditional pub.
We haven’t named the bar or linked to the Tweets in question because, although it was a public exchange, our instincts tell us it’s private business and that*people struggling to pay their bills probably don’t need a pile on. The picture is from the Beavertown tap room and is*a serving suggestion only.
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