Some proper social history tucked away on YouTube – footage from 1972 of the regulars of a Bermondsey pub reminiscing about the area, the pub, and holidays hop picking. Read the rest of this entry »
In theory, the Friday Lunchtime Pint is a wonderful thing. It is a reward after four and half days of hard graft. Or four and a half days of avoiding hard graft, which is just as much hard work in its own way. It is a way to warm up for the weekend. A little loosener before the main festivities. If nothing else it makes the last three hours of the working week a little more bearable. Ideally it makes the last three hours of the working week nearer two hours, if you plan it right. Read the rest of this entry »
So, bear with me while I start with a little history lesson. The beer will follow. Read the rest of this entry »
A lovely little film from 1944 on the history and importance of the English Inn, including some wonderful and wistful footage on how inns and pubs once looked and probably should still look. Gathering for a pint has always been about a whole lot more than the beer, as this film shows. Cheers!
There is something a little intimidating about beers from the Mikkeller brewery. They feel like serious beers, as they are what all the proper, seasoned beer geeks rave about. There is intimidation and excitement. It is not unlike listening to free jazz or reading Infinite Jest for the first time. It might not be a comfortable experience. You might not like it. You might not get it. And that might make you question your own taste, in the widest sense of the word. Read the rest of this entry »