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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    Ballards brewery who would be familiar to southern drinkers has ceased brewing.Regularly seen around west London but not recently.
    Used to turn up every now and again in Reading but not seen it here for about 4 years. I always quite liked it though it did seem to have an issue with going flat very quickly. Visited the brewery with North Surrey CAMRA and it was a good trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinno View Post
    I always quite liked it though it did seem to have an issue with going flat very quickly.
    I wouldn't expect anything else from a Southern beer!

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    I read an article in the free London morning paper that there are now 2000 breweries in the UK.A figure way above what Camra have indicated. I have suspected it must be around 2000 as I get info about new breweries every week so Ballards will probably go unnoticed. Unsustainable imo.

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    Will's review of The Station Inn reminded me that Copper Dragon has endured a rocky ride of late-Google seems confused, and the GBG doesn't list them. The admittedly southern focussed beer rating site I use showed that a pint of Golden Pippin was enjoyed somewhere in York last month.
    We're off to God's own county tomorrow, and I always rated their beers-mainly as a change from the Masham mafia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    Will's review of The Station Inn reminded me that Copper Dragon has endured a rocky ride of late-Google seems confused, and the GBG doesn't list them. The admittedly southern focussed beer rating site I use showed that a pint of Golden Pippin was enjoyed somewhere in York last month.
    We're off to God's own county tomorrow, and I always rated their beers-mainly as a change from the Masham mafia.
    You can still see Copper Dragon pump clips in use usually Golden Pippin, but it's a bit of a mystery whither it is Golden Pippin or who brews it and indeed who has the rights to the names. I heard there was some financial slight of hand involved with the original Copper Dragon but no one is sure. Greyhawk (in administration) certainly came out of the ashes of Copper Dragon ( the one that was dissolved possibly not the current Copper Dragon) and Recoil is making similar claims, there appears to be some other outfit called Copper Dragon and possibly making the beers. It's a complete can of worms and it doesn't help that the same people have been involved in various similarly named enterprises as a bit of trawling round the Companies House website will show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    You can still see Copper Dragon pump clips in use usually Golden Pippin, but it's a bit of a mystery... Greyhawk (in administration) certainly came out of the ashes of Copper Dragon... and Recoil is making similar claims, there appears to be some other outfit called Copper Dragon and possibly making the beers. It's a complete can of worms
    The landlord of the Phoenix in York told me that Beer Monkeys was also claiming to be using Copper Dragon recipes. Their pump clip is the opposite of eye-catching (see photo taken in the Phoenix - theirs is the greenish, muddy one, two from the right) and though the beer was very good, I don't think it was much like Copper Dragon Best. (It was called Bitter Revival 3.9%.)
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