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We took a week off blogging in March to undertake*what it tickles us to call*‘field work’ so this is a slightly shorter round up than usual. → We kicked off the month with a guest post from etiquette expert R.M. Banks, on the subject of jukeboxes (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/modern-pubmanship-6-jukeboxes/):
The soundest advice is to avoid the deep end of the pool – songs containing full-throated Scandinavian metal screaming, dischord intended to evoke mans inhumanity to man, treated piano, laxative basslines, children’s choirs, and so on. Jukebox songs ought to elicit a tapping of the foot, perhaps a gay whistle, but oughtn’t interfere with the conversation.
→ Our contribution to Session #109 on the subject of porters was to the point: What is porter? And what is it not? (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/session-109-porter/)*(Mark Lindner’s round-up of all the Session posts is here (http://marklindner.info/bbl/2016/03/session-109-roundup-porter/).)
→*We spotted a nice bit of dialogue about beer (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/hancock-off-licence-1960/) in a 1960 episode of*Hancock’s Half Hour.
→ The fourth and final beer suggested for us by Dina in round one of our ‘Magical Mystery Pour’ project was Wild Beer and Beavertown’s collaboration Blubus Maximus (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/magical-mystery-pour-4-blubus-maximus/).
→ Where do ideas for new beers, beer styles and sub-styles come from? (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/where-do-beer-ideas-come-from/) Direct inspiration, or something in the air?
→ Related to that post was a bit of a thought experiment: can we say most beers on the market today are really just takes on 19th century British pale ale? (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/everything-is-pale-ale/) (Of course not but it was a fun idea to play with.)
→ Does craft beer tend to indulge the modern tendency towards endless childhood (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/infantile/)? And, if so, does it matter?
→ We reckon the first gambling machine in a pub (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/first-pub-gambling-machine/) might have arrived in 1907.
→ Can you help us with memories of gastropubs in the 1990s (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/help-us-gastropubs-1990s/)? (We’re still after responses to this.)
→ Surprising ourselves, we turned out a 2000-word unscheduled #BeeryLongreads entry on the subject of beer weeks in Britain (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/a-brief-history-of-beer-weeks/). They’re newer than we thought, and they’re spreading.
→ It’s*time to take down the barricades and let the odd old school bitter into the craft beer citadel (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/time-to-let-the-old-school-rejoin-the-party/). (Interesting to re-read this in the wake of CAMRA’s revitalisation project.
→ Via our newly acquired stash of John Smith’s brewery magazines from the late 1960s notes on, and pictures of, a Doncaster pub made of glass (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/pub-made-glass/). (Martin, AKA Retired Martin, visited recently and shares some impressions here (http://retiredmartin.com/2016/03/22/the-glassmaker-revisited/).)
→ Brendan from Leeds asked,*‘Which classic British beers might I have missed?’ (http://boakandbailey.com/2016/03/qa-which-classics-might-i-have-missed/) and we did our best to answer. (Lots of suggestions from commenters, too.)
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