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.