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sort of makes it news, pal.
Fake prosthetic limbs
after pulled pork and 'proper' burgers
...and his progressive beer duty.
[isn't this story actually about the number of breweries in The UK or did I mis-read it over someone's shoulder earlier?]
Real Ale sales at 70 year high.
10 years ago when most pubs only had one ale on tap then it was always cheap as chips. Too often nowadays when you get a round of ales in, you get a tenner out ready and then have to scrabble around in your pockets for more change when they tell you how much they're fleecing you. Oh well.
Cheers to CAMRA I suppose - most successful campaigning group of all time.
i still get ale and get confused when im charged more than £2.50 for it
Ale's still (and occasonally well) under £3 in most pubs i go in.
Had a lovely pint of BlackJack yesterday for £2.50, actually.
*less than £3* is a much higher benchmark then 10 years ago, when a pint of ale for under £2 wasn't uncommon.
it'd be no bigger than the rise in most foodstuffs.
a pint of lager's certainly gone up by that, at least.
It's like lager is shit. It's not. Great lager is out there. And no exclusive stuff either. Red Stripe rules for example.
But it's better out of a can for me. On tap, it loses something.
And you're not stood in a sticky-floored venue in Camden that smells of B.O.
is the best lager
havent had a real ale one for ooh at least 6 weeks
I can't believe that sales of bitter and the like are higher now than they were during the 40s 50s and 60s during the era of the big breweries and tied pubs.
Not real ale sales: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/pubs/9539132/Real-ale-revival-sees-most-breweries-in-Britain-since-the-war.html#
I went on a tour of the Meantime Brewery recently, and they said in the UK, 7 out of 10 pints come from the big brewers (SABMiller, Molsom Coors,Anheuser Busch etc), 2 in 10 from the 'family brewers' (Youngs, Green King etc) and just one in ten from micro/craft breweries.
is made by the big guys in this country. It's merely a watered down version of the receipe we 'import' because its cheaper
...'real ale' was actually dubbed by CAMRA themselves. Clever girls.
Essentially it refers to to beer in casks, which is drawn through a pump. Meantime, for example, don't count as real ale or get CAMRA recognition because they used pressurised kegs, even though in many respects its a better system.
...but CAMRA is at liberty to change the definition at any time should they wish to. The cask breather debate is just an example of CAMRA being rather stuck in the mud and limiting low sale pubs actually keeping beer in good condition.
But they're very limited.
it states: "[our] research finds there are now more than 1,000 breweries (1,009) operational across the UK, the highest number for over 70 years", which isn't exactly the same as what the OP claims.
That's how journalism works in 2012.
But generally I've made the switch to real ale. I DO have tastebuds after all.
can't stand the term 'real ale' though, just really annoys me for some reason
I remember when I first tried ale in first year of uni and was like why the fuck have I been forcing myself to enjoy lager for so long.
But it's rare I could, or want to, drink it all night.
Far more often I turn to our good friend lager. Sometimes cheap crap that doesn't taste of very much. Sometimes cracking stuff that is a bit more pricey.
Fuck the haterz