Beery Links for January 8th, 2009

Last year was a terrible one for British brewing and especially for pubs, hundreds of which closed down in the face of declining beer sales. The campaign to save the British pub is gathering pace and here are a few links, from trade, mainstream press, and blogs:

The Morning Advertiser reports that Paul Weller, Suggs, and Gruff Rhys have joined Paul Moody and Robin Turner in their campaign to save the great British boozer. I spoke with Paul on Liverpool’s City Talk radio station before Christmas and he talked a lot of sense. He and Robin Turner have published a book The Rough Pub Guide: A Celebration of the Great British Boozer and they also have a lively campaign blog.

On Wednesday in The Guardian Johnathan Glancey celebrated the glorious architecture of Victorian breweries and lamented their closure. The piece is rather London-centric (and there’s no mention of Robert Cain’s cathedral of ale):

Will anyone really regret the closure of the Stag Brewery in Mortlake, a Thamesside suburb between Barnes and Richmond, next year? Those who work there will, of course, but not, I think it’s fair to say, the vast majority of British ale fans. Although beer has been brewed on this site since the 15th century – pretty much since brewing with hops began in England – in recent years the Stag has been churning out Budweiser, Bud Ice and Michelob for InBev, a Belgian-based multinational. [Link]

Meanwhile the Southport Drinker reports that Lancashire County Council has vowed to make sure that pints remain pints and that drinkers are delivered of the full measure at the bar.

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2 Comments on “Beery Links for January 8th, 2009”

  1. I’ve only just watched the documentary – Calling Last Orders on Pubs. Excuse the pun but it was a very sobering programme.

    There was a glimmer of hope in that some pubs are diversifying by opening shops or offering higher quality food but the future for the average British boozer looks bleak.

    Pubs have been with us for around 2000 years and no institution lasts this long without learning how to adapt. They’ve survived religious differences, wars and legislation over the centuries so let’s hope that the current crisis doesn’t spell the end.

    Elaine Saunders
    Author: A Book About Pub Names
    Complete Text
    It’s A Book About….blog

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Elaine

    I think they will adapt again as you suggest, but many of them will be missed all the same. They are facing trouble on so many fronts it really isn’t surprising so many are closing.

    >>let’s hope that the current crisis doesn’t spell the end.

    Let’s drink to that.