Want to cheer on the Lions?
Pretty sure must be more than one pub opening early to show All Blacks v Lions rugby games, but one I know about is the Packhorse in Egham Hill. Know any others?
New techniques producing hazy, unfiltered beers preserve flavour and add silken textures, claim brewers. But how can you tell if you’ve been sold a bad pint? Interesting article in Guardian Weekend (18thJun’17) Read On
Heineken £400m Punch bid sparks competition concerns
That was the headline in the Evening Standard business section on 13th June 2017. The bid has been known about for months, with the Competition and Markets Authority launching a probe in February. Heineken are after 1900 of the 3200 pubs in the Punch Taverns estate, with a private equity company called Patron Capital Advisers after the rest. Either way probably better news for investors than drinkers.
Branch Social @ Happy Man BeerFest
A number of Branch members and friends gathered at our social at the Happy Man BeerFest on Thursday 25th May. 16 ales were on offer from breweries near and far. James and Stef were struggling to cool the beers on the outside stillage due to some unusually warm weather.
Landlord James had to buy 16 towels to dampen and pop over barrels to keep them cool. Still, he’ll have earned some Tesco Clubcard points!
This was held on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April at the Egham United Services Club. There were 60+ cutting edge ales plus ciders, a BBQ, and live music. New breweries included Holler Boys (Sussex) Magic Spells (Leyton E10) and new Cider producers Cranbourne Chase (Dorset) and Hunts (East Sussex). Money was raised for the Club’s chosen charities, Coming Home that helps provide adapted housing for injured and disabled ex-service persinnel, and Manor Mead School for children with severe learning difficulties or an autistic spectrum disorder.
This ran over the last weekend in April at the Thyme at the Tavern, Chertsey. A previous Branch Pub of the Year and GBG listed once again, who knows who’ll win this year? It featured 22 Real Ales from all over the country, and live music and homemade food was available all weekend.
The Happy Man, Englefield Green held it’s latest BeerFest from Thurs.16th to Sun.19th March 2017. A previous Branch Pub of the Year and GBG listed once again. There were 14 additional ales and 6 ciders (Beerlist)with a 50p discount for CAMRA members on Thursday when we had a ‘rolling social’ with members of various CAMRA Branches turning up throughout the day. Result? They sold out of all but two ales on the bar by Sunday, another great event.
Just off our manor (walking distance from Wraysbury Station on Windsor line) the Perseverance at Wraysbury held their annual March Beer Festival from Fri.17th to Sun.19th March 2017. Live Music was on all 3 days, and there was an interesting Beer List which included one from our local Thames Side Brewery.
Met the (Downlands) Brewer
The latest of these event took place on 9th March 2017 at Egham United Services Club, when Widdi and his team from Downlands Brewery paid a visit. Several pumps were given over to some excellent Downlands beers, and when I can get my photo progam to work, I’ll load them on here. Spike
A couple of us recently popped down to Alton to meet up with Tony Davis, give him a surprise, and visit a few interesting pubs. 19-01-17 Alton Ramble pdf
Thames Side Brewery Awards
Thames Side Black Swan Porter was voted Best Porter at the Woking Beer Festival, and Beer of the Festival at Ascot. Well done Andy, glad your fine ales gaining recognition. A joint presentation was made at the Brewery on 14th January 2017.
And from elsewhere……….
Britain is in the midst of a booze epidemic! Well actually …
- Per capita alcohol consumption has dropped by a fifth since 2004
- Alcohol-related deaths have fallen by 7% since 2008
- Alcohol-related violent crime has fallen by 40% since 2007
- Drink driving related accidents fell by 45% between 2003 and 2014 and are now at the lowest rate on record
- The proportion of 45 to 64-year-old males who drink alcohol on five or more days a week has fallen by 29% since 2005
Source Zythofile 12/01/17
A Lighter Note