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CONTENTSISSUE 120125 1822 2914Witches,Women andBeer.Find out about Brewsters owner andfounder Sara Barton.5Lincoln NewsIncluding new pubs joining LocAleand Community Pubs Week.10Jargon BusterEver wanted to know what all thoseCAMRA terms mean?Here you go.11CommentDisplaying Price Lists in pubs13Branch DiaryAll the important dates and eventsyou need.18No Beard RequiredA look at the relationship betweenwomen and real ale.22Louth CAMRAA review of the Louth beer festivaland more lost pubs.26Bottled Beer ReviewOldershaw and Flipside breweryare put to the test.27CookingA lovely winter warmer made withreal cider.29Trav-aleA bus trip to villages north of Lincoln.30Wordsearch31Membership 3

WHAT’SBREWINGImpAle rounds up CAMRA’snews from the last three months.October> A damning report by MPs has branded the pub industry“wanting” in its efforts to deliver reform of the relationship withtheir lessees. The MPs criticised the tie system under whichlessees have to buy beer from their pubco.> New CAMRA research has revealed that nine tied pubco pubsclose every week, compared to five free-of-tie locals.> Punch Taverns has reported that its fourth quarter trading is inline with expectations and pubs focusing on real ales aredoing well. The troubled leased and tenanted pub company iscontinuing to sell pubs.November> The memory of real ale campaigner Spyke Golding washonoured at this year’s Robin Hood Beer Festival. The ashes ofthe former chairman of Nottingham CAMRA and editor ofthe Nottingham Drinker were scattered on the festival site atNottingham Castle.> Wells and Young’s has purchased two of Scotland’s iconicbeers - McEwan’s and Younger’s - from Heineken and couldreturn them to cask.> CAMRA is calling on the government to review its daily alcoholintake guidelines with a view to increasing the limits.Pub-goers are well known for their strongopinions on almost any topic. Why notsend us your thoughts, memories orviews?I met up with a friend of mine the other day for a pint in the T&C (Louth Town & Country Club) who had saved me a copy of ImpAle(autumn 2011) which he had picked up from the King’s Head the night before.It is the first time I have heard about, or even seen an ImpAlemagazine. I am very impressed. Obviously, the articles about Louth wereof most interest to me, though I found the whole magazine excellent and informative.Although I am not a CAMRA member, I do like a pint or three of ale. The combination of linking three of my favourite interests:drinking, local history and writing, led me a couple of years ago to make tentative steps towards researching the history of all ofLouth’s hostelries past and present.So far, I have compiled a list of 128 differently named drinking holes in the town (for some, the same building has taken on severaldifferent identities), from the longest surviving Ye Olde Whyte Swanne (in existence since 1612), 19 th century alehouses (some effectivelyconverted front rooms) and tap rooms (brewed on site), to the more forgettable, short-lived modern names and weekend ‘nitepubs’.Along the way I have tried to add as many details as possible, such as exact location, names and date changes of trading titles,publicans, suppliers and other interesting details.If your readers have any information or photographs which could assist the project I would be extremely grateful.Dave Wherry, LouthEd replies:Given your interests, Dave, I’m sure you’d find CAMRA membership worthwhile. Many members put a lot of effort into cataloguing andcelebrating pub heritage. If any reader has any information on Louth pubs for Dave, let me know and I’ll put you in contact.Write to UsWrite to ImpAle, 4 Squires Place, Nettleham, Lincoln, LN2 2WH or ImpAle

Louth NewsNATIONALLYDecember> The four finalists in CAMRA’s national Pub of the Yearcompetition have been announced. They are The Front inFalmouth, Cornwall, The Engineers Arms in Henlow, Bedfordshire,The Bridge End Inn in Ruabon, Clwyd, and The Swan With TwoNecks in Pendleton, Lancashire The winner will be announcedin February.> CAMRA’s future direction is under review. The impact andsuitability of potential campaigns will be tested before they arepresented to the membership at the AGM in April.> Investment from Thornbridge Brewery sees its latest bar, Dada,open in Sheffield’s city centre.If you’re not a CAMRA member, you won’t be getting all thelatest real ale, pub and brewing news delivered to your doorevery month. Join, using the form on page 31 and getWhat’s Brewing and Beer delivered free, plus a host of othermembership benefits.StopPress!Louth BeerFestival willreturn!After the disappointing result at the 2011 Louth BeerFestival, I wasn't sure whether we would hold anotherone this year. However, the piece in the local pressinspired some people to volunteer. At our festivalwash-up meeting, a few more people came forward tohelp take the event onward next year.At the CAMRA branch meeting held on the 27 th Octoberthe suggestion from the Beer Festival Committee wasput forward to hold a festival in 2012 and the branchmembers present agreed unanimously that they wantedit to go ahead.We will start organising this year’s festival in January andthe provisional dates for the festival are October 4 th /5 th& 6 th .Anyone wishing to sponsor a beer or the festival itselfplease contact Jerry Gale onE-mail: 9

The JargonbusterLincoln branch member, Phil Kempton, explains what some of the mystifying terms usedby CAMRA actually mean.This is the first of a series of articles clarifying and explaining what various abbreviations, expressions, names, etc.mean.Let’s start with the obvious one!CAMRAThe Campaign for Real Ale, is theindependent campaigning voice of real aleconsumers and pubgoers.It was established in 1971 by four friendswho shared a pessimistic view of how theUK brewing industry was then changing. Itwas set up as a consumer organisation tocontest the power of the big breweriesand to preserve the best traditions of thebrewing and pub industries. Forty years on,CAMRA has more than 130,000 members.The Campaign is run by a democratically elected NationalExecutive of 12 members, ably assisted by 16 Regional Directors,also democratically elected by CAMRA Branches within theirRegion. To deal with the day to day administration of theCampaign there is a staff of about 24 full time employees at theNational Headquarters in St. Albans.As well as the campaigns of its own, the CAMRA often joins withother organisations such as the Society of Independent Brewers,the Independent Family Brewers of Britain, the British Beer andPubs Association and Cask Marque, in running joint ventures andinitiatives when our interests and objectives are similar. However,this does not mean that the Campaign is in total agreement withall that those organisations do, and it often disagrees with, andactually opposes, some of their actions. The Campaign is a consumerorganisation, whereas they are “trade associations”, andareas of disagreement are inevitable and accepted.REAL ALEIt’s not often that a definition formed bya campaigning group finds its way intothe Oxford English Dictionary, butCAMRA’s definition of “Real Ale” is there:“Real Ale – a name applied to draughtbeer that has been brewed and stored in the traditional way, andwhich has undergone a secondary fermentation of the yeastin the container from which it is dispensed; also called “caskconditionedbeer”GBBFThe Great British Beer Festival is CAMRA’sannual showcase of the best of British caskales (about 400), together with cider, perryand some of the best beers from overseas.About 65,000 people visit during the fivedays of the event, which usually opens onthe first Tuesday in August. In recent years ithas been held at London’s Earls Court, but in 2012 it returns to aformer venue, London’s Olympia, because Earls Court is beingused for the 2012 Olympics.CBoBThe Champion Beer of Britain is judged on the first day of GBBF.It is the UK’s most prestigious cask ale competition, with all beersbeing judged in categories before an overall winner is selected.Those categories are Milds, Bitters, Best Bitters, Golden Ales,Strong Ales and Speciality beers. The judging panels are madeup of trained CAMRA beer tasters, people from the pub andbrewing industry, and, to represent the public, various personalities/media people/etc. with an interest in beer.CWBoBThe Champion Winter Beer of Britain. Beers in the categoriesof Strong Milds, Old Ales, Stouts, Porters and Barley Wine arejudged at CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival, currentlyheld in Manchester in January. The overall winner is declaredChampion Winter Beer of Britain. The winner of each categoryenters the Champion Beer of Britain competition in August at the“semi-final” stage of judging, so a winter beer could be ChampionBeer of Britain – indeed in the 2011 CBoB competition, MarbleChocolate, a winter beer, came second overall.More “jargonbusting” in the next issue.10 ImpAle

CommentDisplaying Price ListsEmma Chisset gives us her views on why pubs should display their prices clearly.When you go into a shop to buy something – a tin of soup, a washing machine, a pack of screws, whatever – you know how muchit’s going to cost, because the price is clearly displayed on the “shelf” or the goods themselves.However, when you go into a pub it’s not quite so simple for the price to be shown on the shelf, the bottle or wherever, so the puboften has a price list by the bar counter.Unfortunately, many pubs don’t display a price list, and some people running pubs, including a Lincoln licensee I encounteredrecently, are adamant that there is now no legal requirement to have a price list at all! I think that’s wrong.The law states that a customer must be provided with pricing information before they order a drink, and the only practical way forthis to be done is by having a price list. The legal requirement is to be found in the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, where a pub’sfailure to display a price list may well beactionable as a misleading omission underRegulation 6(4)(d)(i). It is probably the casethat any price list does not have to becomprehensive, i.e. include every possibledrink available, but it must be representative,i.e. include the drinks most usually ordered.The enforcement of these Regulations isa matter for the Trading StandardsDepartment of Lincolnshire County Council– perhaps drinkers should considerreporting those pubs that do not display aprice list.Something else occurs to me. Many pubsnowadays charge a disproportionatelyhigher price for a half pint of beer, e.g.£3.20 a pint and £1.70 a half pint. This isa disgraceful example of profiteering inmy view, and a total disregard for theconcept of responsible drinking. If that disproportionately higher price for a half pint is not clearly shown on the price list, thecustomer is entitled to expect that the price for a half pint is half the price of a pint. Does it then become illegal for the pub tocharge that higher half pint price? 11

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Chairman Bob re-electedThere was a good turn-out at the branch annual general meeting, held in The Barracks (the new name for the PostOffice Club) in November. There was no rush of volunteers to take over at the helm, so Bob Foulger agreed to carryon as chairman.Photo of Bob Foulger, Lincoln Chairman taken by Steve Richardson.Last chance to vote for Pub of the YearThe closing date for the branch Pub of the Year 2012 ballot is 31 st January. Votes can be cast in person, by post, phone or e-mail -make sure you give your membership number. During February, the volunteer judges will visit the four pubs with the most votes andscore them against the criteria used in the national competition. In addition to beer quality, these criteria include atmosphere, décor,customer service and all-round value of the pub visit.More pubs sign up to discount schemeThe latest pubs to sign up to the CAMRA discount scheme are the Royal Oak at Aubourn and the Forum in Lincoln. A full list ofpubs taking part in the scheme, with the discounts they offer, is maintained on the CAMRA website Make sureyou show your membership card to claim the discount.Young members’ bonus at Golden EagleAt the Golden Eagle, members between the ages of 18 and 30 now qualify for a Castle Rock ‘One Over the Eight’ sticker for anypint of real ale, not just those from Castle Rock. If you’re longer in the tooth, on the last Sunday of every month, you’ll receive asticker for each pint of any of eight specially selected beers. CAMRA membership cards must be shown and these offers can’t beused in conjunction with any other, for example Wetherspoon 50p vouchers.Beer festival going aheadPlanning is under way for the 2012 Lincoln Beer Festival. You may be aware that, next year, the Spring Bank Holiday moves to thefirst weekend in June to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. However, we’ve decided to keep the Festival in its traditional slot of the lastweekend in May. The dates for your diary are 24 th to 26 th May 2012. Remember that the success of the event depends on havingenough members volunteering to help. Look out for the staffing form - you can sign up for a little or a lot, and you won’t be askedto do anything you’re not comfortable with.Branch DiaryFebruary5 th - Sun Committee Meeting - Ritz, Lincoln - 8 pm.7 th - Tues Branch Meeting - Green Dragon, Lincoln - 8 pm.18 th - Sat Public transport trip to Grantham - 1105 busfrom Lincoln.19 th - Sun Beer Festival Planning Meeting - Morning Star,Lincoln - 8 pm.March3 rd - Sat East Midlands Regional Meeting - Canalhouse,Nottingham - noon.4 th - Sun Committee Meeting - Horse & Groom, Lincoln -8 pm.7 th - Weds Branch Meeting - Victoria, Lincoln - 8 pm.31 st - Sat National AGM and Members’ Weekend - Torquay.April2 nd - Mon Committee Meeting - Joiners Arms, Lincoln.- 8 pm.To be arranged Branch MeetingLincoln CAMRA Members’ NewsCheck out the branch website for up-to-date details of meetingsand 13

WITCHES,WOMENAND BEERSara Barton talks toWENDY MARGETTSabout Brewing, Beer,Brewster’s, ProjectVenus and Witches?It was a chilly November morning when I met with SaraBarton, brewster, owner and founder of Brewster’s Brewery,at the unit she occupies in Grantham. As I arrive she isworking alongside head brewer Richard Chamberlinchecking on the latest brew of Hophead. This is a visit Ihave very much been looking forward to, having read aboutSara on her website ( andknowing that she is the women who created ‘Project Venus’,an all-female brewing success, but more on that later!As Sara shows me around the compact brewing plant, I amimpressed with the attention to detail and quality that bothSara and Richard aim to achieve with each brew. But I’malso interested to hear from Sara how she found herselfowning a brewery.‘I have been in the brewing business most of my workinglife’ Sara explains to me ‘after completing my first degreein Biochemistry I worked for Courage, starting on theirgraduate scheme. This was large scale brewing, but therewas no real ‘hands-on’ input, most of the work was doneon the computers that controlled the brewing process.’Sara always had the idea to start her brewery, but the timingwas never right. She went on to take an MBA and work fora pharmaceutical company, with her brewery plans on thebackburner. It wasn’t until she was made redundant in thelate 90’s that she was finally able to put her plan intoaction.‘Being made redundant was my lucky break - it was anow-or-never situation. My husband is an accountant andphotos by Sean McArdle &taken from the Brewsters websitehttp://brewstersbrewery.wordpress.com14 ImpAle

Brewster’s Brewerypale, hoppy session beer and Hop-A-Doodle-Doo at 4.3% ABV which is a fullbodied, copper coloured, alongside otherregulars and a range of special brewsunder the WhimsicAle and WickedWomen series.Sara is a member of CAMRA, so I askher how important her relationship withCAMRA has been to her and her brewery.with my background and experience it justseemed like the right thing to do.’Sara is originally from Leicestershire andthis is where she eventually found herselfreturning when looking for a base to brewfrom.‘We have family in Ireland, and the originalintention was to set up there, this nevercame to fruition and in hindsight this wasprobably for the best, as the Real Alescene is not as popular there, so weended up starting up in an outbuildingbehind my parents’ house in Stathern’The first brew was appropriately calledMaiden Brew, but it was the third brewthat Sara produced that is still beingproduced by Brewster’s today.‘I was asked to produce a beerfor the Marquis of Granby bythe programme Countryfile. Theywanted a beer called Marquis thatcould be drunk by Marquis ofGranby and showed him on theprogramme drinking it in my pubwhich is called The Marquis ofGranby!’This pub is also owned by Saraand is located in the Vale ofBelvoir in the village of Granby. Itis a CAMRA award winning puband certainly worth a visit forthose in search of Brewster’sbeers.Sara has extended her range of regularbeers to encompass a variety of flavoursand strengths to suit most drinkers. Thereis Hophead which is 3.6% ABV and is‘I have had support right from the start;Steve Westby from Nottingham CAMRAhas been a great support, as has myown Brewery Liaison Officer, RichardHowlett. My beer has been ordered forBeer Festivals organised by CAMRAand has won awards at some of thosefestivals. This support means moredrinkers get to try my beer!’Certainly Sara has won several awards forher beers taking home a Gold Medal fromthe International Brewing Awards for herbottled Pale Ale and SIBA awards forHophead, Rutterkin and Decadence.‘So where can the drinking public findSara’s beers?’, I hear you ask. Sara iswell placed to serve a large areaincluding Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshireand Northamptonshire. Her beers havegone to pubs in Derby, Nottingham andSheffield. Sara has a good relationshipwith pub landlords in Lincoln and reallyappreciates this relationship, so that shecan ensure her beer is well cared for andkept at its best for the drinking public.Real Ale drinkers in Lincoln can find herbeers at The Strugglers, The Tap and Spileand The Jolly Brewer. A little journeyfurther afield and the bottled Pale Ale andPorter can be found for sale at DoddingtonHall. Drinkers heading to Newark may findher beer at Just Beer and bottles at TheReal Ale Store and in Nottingham at TheMalt Cross, where she is also brewing theHouse Beer.I cannot leave without asking Sara aboutProject Venus. Sara was inspired by theAmerican ‘Pink Boots Society’, a societyof female brewers whose main aim isto encourage and support women inthe beer industry whether that is withbrewing, appreciation in drinking or inthe media.Sara told me ‘I had been to Americaand had also seen informationabout the Pink Boots Society onFacebook and websites. I threwthe idea out to other femalebrewers and Project Venus hasgrown from that.’The Project beers are a collaborativebrew between female brewersfrom around the country. Eachbeer plays to a different brewer’sstrength and has so far includedthe beers called Project Venus,Venus Jade, Venus Rouge andVenus Black. Sara believes thebrews show that women’s tastesin beers are not necessarily thatdifferent from men, the key is in trying thedifferent beer styles and learning what youlike whether you are male or female!ImpAle 15

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Brewster’s BreweryWhere did theBrewster namecome from?Brewster is an old English word for afemale brewer. In medieval timeswomen brewed and sold most ofthe ale drunk in England. When hopsfirst began to be used in the productionof beer, they were found to preservebeer and therefore increase the shelflife.As a result beer began to beproduced on a larger scale andeventually became dominated bymale brewers. In addition to thischange in production, the brewsterswere also victims of a misogynisticspin against them that helped putthem out of business. They wereaccused of short measures, highprices and of producing substandardales, effectively pushing them out ofthe brewing business!Brewster’s BeersHophead (3.6% abv)A pale hoppy brew with a fresh floral hop character from ablend of English and American hops. A most satisfying andrefreshing session beer.Marquis (3.8% abv)A classic English session beer. A rich tawny colour, it has alight juicy maltiness perfectly balanced by a delicate hoppyfinish.Hop a Doodle Doo (4.3% abv)A copper coloured ale, brewed with four malts and threehops. It has a full bodied feel and a delicious fruity hopcharacter.Decadence (4.4%abv)A golden ale with a hint of malt sweetness from caramalt.Passionfruit and grapefruit aromas on the nose. First tastegives a complex zesty hop palate leading on to a freshherby finishRutterkin (4.6% abv)A premium bitter with a golden appearance. A zesty hopflavour from Mount Hood hops combine with a touch of maltsweetness to give a rich full bodied beer.Stilton Porter (4.9% abv)A rich roast flavoured porter brewed with 4 types of malt andbalanced with spicy rich hop flavours from English 17

No Beard Required!Wendy Margetts goes off in searchof women involved in the Real Ale World.I’m often asked by friends and workcolleagues why I am involved in CAMRA.They all believe the old fashioned notionthat the only people who drink real ale areold, bearded men, possibly wearing sandals!I can reliably inform you that whilst there aresome older, bearded men in the LincolnCAMRA branch, there are also a fair amountof women who enjoy drinking real ale andgetting involved in branch matters.The Lincoln CAMRA branch has just over600 members and a quarter of those arefemales. In fact, according to The CaskReport 2011-2012, the number of womendrinking cask ale has doubled since 2008.One in six drinkers are now female and theCAMRA National Executive has two femalesmembers. There is now a bevy of femalesworking in the beer world: drinking, brewing,and promoting beer. There is Marverine Coleaka The Beer Beauty and Melissa Colewriting about beer on their blogs and in thenational media. Then we have femalebrewers such as Sara Barton from Brewster’sin Grantham and Claire Monk at WelbeckAbbey Brewery near Worksop, amongstmany others up and down the country.These intelligent and independent womenare working hard to promote beer to womenand men alike.Photo taken from breweries are now trying to ensuretheir beer and brand appeal to menand women alike. Dodgy packaging andmarketing has certainly turned many femalesoff drinking real ale, but brewers like SaraBarton at Brewster’s with her Art Decoinspired labels and pump clips appeal tomen and women alike. This is so importantin an industry that has previously been seenas very male dominated with advertising thatdenigrates women and uses smutty jokesand double-entendres to sell beer. Thenthere is the ugly glassware; many womenfeel uncomfortable holding a pint glass orsimply cannot consume that amount ofalcohol. The modern breweries and pubs18 ImpAle

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Women in the Real Ale Worldcourse the bar work is also challengingbut, when it all comes together, it is veryrewarding.Q. You said you worked at GBBF – areyou involved with any other CAMRAactivities outside of Lincoln Branch?A. I have been a volunteer at various otherCAMRA festivals including LoughboroughBranch’s main festival and its Oktoberfest. Ihave also volunteered at CAMRA festivalsat Carmarthen and Wantage. I am alsopleased to have been invited to judge onpanels at various beer festivals.On a slightly different tack, I was fortunateto be able to combine my professional workin knowledge management with CAMRAactivities. With British Academy funding,I was able to research the knowledgesharing practices of a number of CAMRAbeer festivals – the results have been wellreceived at a local and national level.Q. On a lighter note, what is yourfavourite beer?A. Well, this is a difficult question! My tasteshave changed so much in the last 7 years– in the early days, I really enjoyed dark,sweet, high ABV beers ...... and I still do.However, my tastes are now much morewide ranging – that’s the joy of havingtasted a wide variety of beers at festivalsand pubs.I would have to say that Thornbridge’sJaipur is one of my current top ten, alongwith Bateman’s Dark Mild and Taylor’sGolden Best. Also, up there would beThornbridge’s St Petersburg Stout, SarahHughes’ Dark Ruby Mild, Purity’s UBU,Kelham Island’s Pale Rider, Durham’sBenedictus, Pitstop’s Sump (brewery now,sadly, no longer operating), Spectrum’s OldStoatwobbler, Grafter’s Yippee IPA andPoacher’s Black Crow Stout – whoops, thatmight be more than ten and there is stillmore!Q. What do you enjoy most about beinga member?A. I really enjoy the minibus trips tosurvey the remoter pubs in the Branch area,the city walking crawls and the annualDerbyshire trip (now organised by ChrisEsterby). But most important is that I enjoybeing a part of a unique organisation thatis passionate about protecting real ale andthe pubs that it is served in.Q. Any advice to a new member?A. Come to a Branch meeting as soonas you can – get involved – and make adifference (be you female or male!).Photo taken from 21

Devoted to Louth CAMRALost Pubshe last edition entitled “You don’t know what you’ve got... ‘til it’s gone” byelt that a response was necessary.when Fulstow Brewery moved here in August 2006, they werethe first commercial brewery in Louth for just over 100 years andthey have been thriving ever since.So much so that they had the audacity (some would say) to tryand open a pub. After planning applications and the like, Phil andDawn were forced to relocate the brewery upstairs so the pubcould be on the ground floor. Hence, Gas Lamp Lounge wasborn (well after a little while).The Gas Lamp Lounge is owned and operated completely byFulstow Brewery. Although it is a brand new pub (which mostplaces will not have had in a long while) there is no music, nofruit machines of any sort, and no television unheard of in today’smarket but proving to be very’s so successful that the brewery sometimes struggles to sellbeer anywhere other than the pub downstairs. So I say, “Yes, it isok to grieve for things that you have lost but let’s support thethings that we do have like your local pub and breweries”.Let us not lose what we have, so our children and their childrennever know what a real pub, serving REAL British beer, is like.Otherwise, we may have people saying in fifty years or so “youdon’t know what you’ve had ‘til it’s gone”.Jerry GaleImpAle 23

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Devoted to Louth CAMRAThe GasLamp Gale has some news aboutThe Woodman pub in LouthIn the last issue of ImpAle,it was reported that TheWoodman in Louth had beenreopened by pub company,123 pubs. However, it is nowlooking very vulnerable as ithas been put up for sale, withfreehold, by Banks & Lane.Having lost the Lord Tennysonto the loophole in planningregulations, whereby freestandingproperties (i.e. pubs)can be demolished withoutplanning permission beinggranted, it looks like this couldhappen to The Woodman.We have started to create apub viability study and apetition, and begun theprocess to try and save a pubfrom complete closure. Wespoke with Jonathan Mail atCAMRA headquarters and heconfirmed that the planningloophole does not apply whenthe pub is in a conservationarea. The advantage we havewith the Woodman comparedto the Lord Tennyson isthat it is inside the Louthconservation area so itcannot be demolished withoutplanning permission. However,if minds are made up in theplanning department they willpush it through, especially ifthey believe the developer hassomething to offer.As a branch, we believe thatan open pub (even if it doesn’tsell real ale) is a pub for thepeople and, given the rightlicensee, can always changeto real ale. A lost pub is almostcertainly gone forever.Lorraine GaleImpAle 25

CookingCooking With CiderApple & Sage Mash with Cider GravyWell it’s January and on a cold winter’s night, what is more warming than a comforting plate of bangers & mash? Aaron Joyce hasa dish with a cider twist that is sure to help! So let’s forget that New Year’s diet, gather around the dining table and tuck into a plateof classic British comfort food!You will need;8 Lincolnshire Sausages1kg Potatoes2 Eating Apples75g Butter1 Small Onion300ml Dry Cider (I used locally produced Skidbrooke cyder)100ml Milk2tsp chopped sage1 tbsp flourMixed vegetables to serveMethod:For the mash; Peel the potatoes, cut into chunks. Add to apan of boiling, salted water, and cook for 8 minutes. While thepotatoes are boiling peel, core & chop the apples. Add to thepotatoes and simmer for a further 8 minutes or until potatoes aretender.Pear Cider!So what’s “pear cider”? It’s a term invented by marketing menwho think that younger people can’t understand the terms“cider” and “perry” – in other words, dumbing it down! And byso doing insulting those young people to whom they are tryingto sell the product!Let’s start by saying what cider is. Basically cider is produced(not brewed) by allowing apple juice to ferment, using the wildyeasts naturally present to convert the sugars in the applejuice to alcohol.By applying the same production process, but using pear juiceinstead of apple juice, you get perry.Apples = Cider Pears = Perry.Simple and easy to remember, isn’t it?Meanwhile cook the sausages.For the Gravy; Heat 15g of the butter in a small pan, finely chopthe onion & fry for 5minutes, pour in cider & simmer for 5mins.Drain the potatoes and apples, put back in the pan, and add themilk. Heat through, add 50g of the remaining butter, sage andseasoning. Mash well. Blend the remaining butter with the flour,gradually whisk into gravy, and cook for around 2 minutes tothicken the gravy.It follows that pear cider is an impossibility - if it’s made fromapples it’s cider, if it’s made from pears it’s perry. You can’tmake cider from pears!So the next time you are ata CAMRA Beer Festival, findthe Cider and Perry Bar, tryeach of them, and appreciatethe difference between them.Serve with your choice of mixed vegetables. Enjoy! 27

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Quiz1. Crouch Vale2. Dark Star3. Fuzzy Duck4. Grafters5. Hawkshead6. Hoggleys7. Hydes8. Idle9. Jacobi10. Kelham Island11. Little Ale Cart12. Litton13. Mayflower14. Moles15. Okells16. Phoenix17. Skinners18. Tring19. Triple FFF20. Welbeck AbbeyWe have a pink ladies fit Everards T-Shirt up forgrabs. All you have to do is find the name ofthe popular Everards beer hidden within thewordsearch. Please send your answer, along withyour name and contact details, by email or post to ImpAleWordsearch 1, 4 Squires Place, Nettleham, LN2 2WH.The closing date is 31 March 2012 and the editor’sdescision is final.T D K S C B I Z D N A L S I M A H L E KZ A F J E G R A F T E R S N O F N N M SF R T P I D O F R S N L O F F O S Z S VO K S P Q O Y I P O L A P Y S R O T Y SL S R O X P J H A E S X F Z E Y K M E TI T D J Q D H Z K G Q Z R N V P C K L PT A C L W J L O G D N A N E T T U T G VT R G D E Y P Z N Q P I Z P J O D Q G TL P K O L P D H Y Z K O R J F C Y T O ME L O P B C I G O S P J C T F R Z N H FA Q L G E F D S K N F V D L X O Z Q V RL N I G C D A R E G I T P I J U U P K EE X T O K Z E I B U S R N Y U C F N E WC M T I A K H D Q M L E Z Z Q H O J N OA E O G B P S H X I O H D M P V Z A Z LR N N L B O K M Z H X L C U X A B C T FT S O E E F W H P Q N I E H D L V O Q YM B L I Y J A C B S L D Z S U E T B I AP D H W C T H K C W N Y Y L V V C I O MI O L G M B M O B F F F L E P I R T L EAnswers toQuizSeptember Issue1. Carry On Sergeant2. Milan3. Buddy Holly4. James Stewart5. Vegetables6. Affairs7. Penguin8. Asprin9. Hans Christian Anderson10. Aphrodite11. Sir Percy Blakeney12. Miranda13. Canberra14. 11615. Giraffe16. Anubis17. Fred Trueman18. The Marquis of Queensbury19. Much Wenlock20. Martin Peters21. Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde mild22. 197123. Derby24. The Green Dragon25. OldershawAnd the winner was A. Berry of Welton. The correct answer was Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde.30 ImpAle 31

Tom Wood Beers Ltd.Look out for these beers locallyABV.3.5This is an easy to drink bitter and has afresh, dry, hoppy flavour combined witha fruity aftertaste and heady aroma.LINCOLN GOLDABV.4.0Pale bitter combining lager and traditional ale maltswith English grown Cascade and Pilgrim, to produce afruity aroma, slightly zesty flavour but retaining somemalt characteristics very moreish.ABV.4.8An earthy malt aroma, but with a complexunderlaying mix of coffee, hops, caramel and applefruit. The beer starts bitter and intensifies, but allits mahogany flavours stay on until the end.BREWED USING ALL ENGLISH INGREDIENTSTom 32 Woods ImpAle Beers Ltd. Tel: 01652 680001 Fax: 01652 680379 Email:

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