FEBRUARY ’20 STOCKTAKE. TOWARDS THE FINISHING LINE. - I was going to do a post called “A Sceptical Rat”*, describing our futile attempts to rid our garden of an alleged infestation reported by our neighbour, t...
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In response, Martyn Cornell hits the nail on the head:There goes another one! Greene King founded 1799 with deep historic roots in East Anglia to be sold to a Hong Kong property company. Given its base in Bury St Edmunds, is nothing sacred? Will Marston's be next?@GreeneKingIPA @CAMRA_Official— Roger Protz (@RogerProtzBeer) August 19, 2019
As I said elsewhere, let’s be honest ... nobody’s heart ever leapt at the thought of going into a Greene King pub— Martyn Cornell (@zythophiliac) August 19, 2019
Now it seems that GK are not exactly loved on Twitter. Is this fair? I rather like their beers when they are served in the peak of condition. With the demise of Tetley Bitter, I rather miss the lactic finish that beer had and the nearest thing to it is GKIPA though admittedly I rarely see it up here. That beer is often despised by what I decribed as the "Beer Bubble" but actually by many more sensible people too. This new version of Morland Original Bitter wasn't a million miles from its orginal taste, described in the 2000 Good Beer Guide as "Copper coloured with plenty of bittering hops and hints of fruit. Subtle aroma and a short, dry, bitter finish." OK it didn't have a subtle aroma, but rather, the lactic tang of GKIPA. Nonetheless, I liked it. It was well made, very well kept and at a sensible 4% abv, suitable to be rattled down by the pint. Most certainly not shite.Not shite at all. Unless you are in the beerbubble. Then it is shite. pic.twitter.com/Vq9kjwFxyo— Tandleman (@tandleman) July 20, 2019
What does everyone think? https://t.co/Du7YavEXW5— AffinityBrewCoSteve (@Affinity_Steve) July 28, 2019
It gets us nowhere though. Breweries dump out beer and advertise that they have dumped it out, to what end? I've raised issues before and been told "yeah we were unsure about that beer" or "we weren't happy with that one". Pressure to make ends meet Vs economising on quality.— Mark (@millionbevs) July 28, 2019
— Tandleman (@tandleman) March 3, 2019Now of course if you really like pubs it's a no brainer. When you think of it logically, why if you really like beer above all, would you go to the expense of visiting a pub and endure the mark-up when you could merely find the required beer at the best price and sup it quietly in the comfort of your own home?
POLL: Which would you prefer?— Pub Curmudgeon 🍻 (@oldmudgie) March 10, 2019
This makes a lot of sense as it isn't price per se that makes brewing cask beer unattractive - it is brewer's margin. As John Keeling explained it to me, 100,000 barrels at (say) 20p a pint less duty is big bucks for a brewer. Brewing more of it in such a case would suddenly make commercial sense. I think he is on to something here and CAMRA should explore this further.Better to campaign for a preferential duty rate for cask beer on the basis it is an endangered indigenous product perhaps? @FullersJohn makes a good case for this to encourage more cask production and increase brewers margin on the product.— Tandleman (@tandleman) February 18, 2019
Is there more to this than meets the eye? Dunno, but that may well come out, one way or another, in Dundee at the AGM and Conference.CAMRA has announced its new chairman elect: Nik Antona will take on leadership of the organisation following the @CAMRA_AGM in April 2019.— CAMRA (@CAMRA_Official) February 18, 2019
Nik takes over from Jackie Parker, who is stepping down after a year in the role, and after nine years as a National Executive member. pic.twitter.com/yC9ITfqD1m