Mine's a Pint Issue 44

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Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA's Branch Magazine, Mine's a Pint, Issue 44

THE MAGAZINE FOR READING AND MID

BERKSHIRE BRANCH OF THE CAMPAIGN

FOR REAL ALE

IN THIS ISSUE...

PUB & BREWERY NEWS

ON THE TRAIL AGAIN

SARDINIAN BREWING

ADVENTURE

MORLANDS

AWARDS

& MORE...

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THE END OF AN ERA?

THE BRANCH AND BEER

FESTIVAL NEED YOU!

THE FUTURE OF YOUR READING & MID BERKS CAMRA BRANCH

IS AT STAKE

ISSUE FORTY FOUR WINTER 2017/2018

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Branch Diary

All events start at 20.00 and are open to everybody unless

specified.

December

Thu 7: (20.00) Branch Meeting. Foresters Arms, 79-81

Brunswick Street RG1 6NY. CAMRA members only, please.

Sat 9: (13.00) Windsor pub crawl, meet at Carpenters Arms,

4 Market Street, Windsor SL4 1PB and then visit 4 or 5

other pubs in Windsor/Eton. This event is run by our friends

at SWM branch. Trains from Reading 12:03, Slough 12:30

arrival Windsor 12:36, return from Windsor 18:00, (or 18:20,

18:40 & 19:00) Slough 18:11 arrival Reading 18:38.

January

Thu 11: (19:30 for 20:00) New year dinner at Sweeney &

Todd, 10 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7RD. Please email

social@readingcamra.org.uk to reserve a dining place.

Sun 14: (12.05) First PotY Social. Meet at the Retreat, 4 St

John’s Street RG1 4EH. Move on at 13.00 for 13.10 number

10 bus to Bell & Bottle, 37 School Green, Shinfield, RG2 9EE,

to arrive at 13.40. I have booked a table for 13.45. Please

email social@readingcamra.org.uk if you would like to join

our table for dinner.

Sun 28: Social trip to Pewsey. Royal Oak, 35 North Street

SN9 5ES, plus 4 or 5 other pubs. Train time TBC

February

Sat 10: Ale Trail Launch - Venue and Time TBC

March

Sat 3: East London Ale Trail. Meet at 11.30 Whitechapel

station. A five mile crawl of East London pubs and taprooms,

starting at Whitechapel station, and ending at Hackney Wick.

For more details see www.ELAT18.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact Us

Useful contact details for this

magazine, CAMRA and other

important things…

Mine’s a Pint Circulation: 3,000.

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Editor: Phil Gill

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Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

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Social Secretary: Chris Hinton

social@readingcamra.org.uk

Contact for all other branch matters:

Katrina Fletcher

contact@readingcamra.org.uk

0779 401 9437

Local Trading Standards

Reading Borough Council:

www.reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3737

West Berkshire Council:

www.westberks.gov.uk 01635 519930

Royal Borough of Windsor &

Maidenhead:

www.rbwm.gov.uk 01628 683800

Wokingham Borough Council:

www.wokingham.gov.uk 0118 974

6400

The next issue of Mine’s a Pint will be

published in early March. Please

feel free to submit any copy or ideas

by 10 th February.

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The opinions expressed in Mine’s a Pint

are not necessarily those of the editor or

the Campaign for Real Ale. © Campaign

for Real Ale 2017.


From The (Guest) Editor

Our stalwart editor, Phil, has handed the reins

to me for this edition. Having edited every

single one of 43 publications of “Mine’s A

Pint” he is taking a much earned holiday, and

we wish him and Sandie a wonderful time.

43! That’s eleven years’ worth! After putting

together just this one, I can assure you that

he gets neither enough credit, nor thanks, so

if you see him in the pub, buy him a pint; He

particularly likes Stouts, Milds, and Porters.

When I agreed to take on this edition, it was

not with any inkling that it might be the final

one;

THE FUTURE OF THE

BRANCH IS HANGING IN

THE BALANCE, WHICH

PUTS THIS MAGAZINE, THE

BEER FESTIVAL, AND THE

ALE TRAIL AT RISK.

At the time of writing, a skeleton committee are

putting together mailouts to branch members

to appeal for volunteers to stand for committee

positions, if you aren’t on the mailing list then

you can find information and contact details

in these pages.

The situation is stark - We have 3 months from

the date of the last AGM to turn things around,

if this does not happen then the branch will

be dissolved. For the beer festival to be viable

however, progress needs to come much sooner;

we must be able to commit to spending for

infrastructure orders to go in.

We don’t know what the future holds, but it’s

in your hands.

Katrina Fletcher

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Contents

BRANCH DIARY 3

FROM THE EDITOR 4

THE FUTURE OF READING & MID BERKS CAMRA 5

PUB & BREWERY NEWS 6-9

GEORGE ORWELL & THE PERFECT PUB 10

BEHIND THE BAR 11-12

PUB OF THE YEAR 13

ON THE TRAIL AGAIN 14

SARDINIAN BREWING ADVENTURE 15-16

SIMONDS 17

BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 18

MORLANDS 20-21

AWARDS EVENING 23-24

WINTER ALES 25

YOU NEED YOUR GLASSES! 26-27

JOIN CAMRA 28-30


The future of Reading

& Mid Berkshire CAMRA

The Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA branch

held its AGM on Saturday 11th November.

Unfortunately, this resulted in several positions

remaining unfilled, including some very key ones.

These are as follows.

Committee roles:

• Chairman

• Vice Chairman

• Pub Campaign

Other roles:

• Cider

• Clubs

• Locale Coordinator

• Press and Publicity

• Public Affairs

THE BRANCH NEEDS YOU!

It is crucial that people step forward if we are

to continue. Please make an effort to attend the

meeting at the Foresters and please email contact@

readingcamra.org.uk if you would be willing to

stand for a role – we would be delighted to hear

from you. You can also contact the outgoing

Chair, Quinten Taylor, on 07887 424232.

Without the three key committee roles filled, the

branch cannot function and cannot spend any

money.

THIS MEANS THAT CURRENTLY

WE CANNOT RUN EITHER

THE ALE TRAIL OR THE BEER

FESTIVAL, AND MAY MEAN

THAT THE BRANCH WILL BE

DISSOLVED IN 3 MONTHS TIME

IF NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

We have enough of a committee that we can

rebuild but getting a Chairman is crucial. The

Committee ultimately needs to consist of 8

different individuals so there is a need for 3 extra

members.

The next branch meeting will be focused around

“Saving the Branch”. It will be held at the

Foresters Arms on Thursday 7 December at 8pm.

Keep an eye on facebook and the branch website

for latest updates.

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Pub & Brewery News

Pub News

ARBORFIELD

We understand that the Arborfield Green Garden

Village has a new pub proposed as part of the

planning application.

After the reporting in the previous issue that the

Bramshill Hunt had closed, we are pleased to say

that it is re-opened under a holding company.

Bingham’s Twyford Tipple is back on as a regular

beer. Please pop in and show your support for this

large family-friendly pub.

The Swan is reported as closed. We understand

that it was listed for auction but we don’t know

if it was sold or if so, who has purchased it.

With the huge new housing development nearby,

surely there is scope for this to be a successful and

popular local pub?

Popular local food traders at the Georgian Feast

have taken up a Sunday brunch residency at

the Island. Filled ‘boats’ are available alongside

wraps. Doors open at 11am.

MORTIMER

The Victoria has had a spruce-up but no longer

appears to be selling real ale. However the other

two pubs in the village both do – the Turners Arms

has four from the Marston’s list, and the Horse &

Groom were carrying two Wychwood beers when

our reporter visited on Halloween.

READING

The Basingstoke Road HP site development will

have a new pub/restaurant constructed – we

understand this is to be a Beefeater, so unlikely to

be somewhere to set the pulse racing if so – we

don’t recall seeing many Beefeater outlets in the

Good Beer Guide...

The Castle Tap will be running its annual

December Giving Tree campaign, in association

with Launchpad, from the December 10 th to 22 nd ;

Donations of nonperishable items - tins/packets

etc, can be left at the bar, or under the tree, and will

be collected for distribution on the 22 nd . Winter

events include an evening decorating the tree on

the 10 th December, and a mince pie competition to

be judged on the 22 nd .

CAVERSHAM

The Fox & Hounds now has a permanently

covered outdoor section, which also has its own

bar. Ideal for those warm nights or to cool off

from a warm evening inside the pub!

The Autumn beer festival hangovers may have

receded, but beer continues to flow, and the pub is

planning a Belgian beer promotion for January

to chase away your winter blues. There is also

a return of the Wild Weather Beer and Music

Takeover in planning for January.

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The pub has also been making space for a variety

of music from punk to blues over the last couple of

months, and there is more planned, possibly

including a 3 rd birthday gig, so keep your eyes

online for band announcements.

The long-closed Corn Stores has been purchased

by Havisham Group and will re-open again as a

pub with a dining emphasis. The new owners are

also behind the Shurlock Inn at Shurlock Row,

so there’s a real cause for optimism. The press


elease states “ The Corn Stores,

a sizeable Victorian pub spread

over four floors, will undergo

extensive renovation work

before it’s re-opening in 2018

and will become part of the

Rarebreed Dining operation.”

A number of reporters are

saying good things about

the beer range and quality in

the ‘new’ Eldon Arms. This

is very encouraging as we

thought a few months ago

that we had lost the pub

when it was sold by Wadworth. The

pub also ran its first mini beer festival in October.

At the time of writing, the in-house brewery at the

Great Expectations had suspended brewing.

The Greyfriar will be closed for a few days around

20 th November for a bit of a refurb to increase the

number of cask and keg ales they sell. We

understand that handpumps will increase from six

to eight.

The Island Lounge on Kennet Island is reported as

closed and its future uncertain.

At the University of Reading, the Park House bar

(formerly known as the SCR) stocks up to five cask

beers and a large number of these are from local

breweries. Quality and consistency is high. Do

note that non-accredited vehicles are not allowed

on campus until after 5pm - however there is a very

regular bus service that drops off in the campus

outside Whiteknights House and Park House is

less than 5 mins on foot thereafter. Open from

Midday during University term-time and 4pm

during Christmas and Easter vacation periods.

The Pitcher & Piano has had a refurbishment. We

understand that two real ales from the Marston’s

list continue to be available.

There is a new quiz night at the Retreat on every

2 nd Wednesday evening of the month.

The Three Guineas (which, you will remember,

was the subject of a massive refurbishment by

Fullers a few months ago) always stocks that

brewery’s seasonal and speciality beers.

David and Clare Richards celebrated their 10-year

anniversary of running the Hop Leaf on Friday

25 th August. Congratulations from us here at

Reading CAMRA, the Hop has been a Good Beer

Guide stalwart for

the last few years and

hosts one of the finest

bar billiards tables

in the county. It also

sells Westons cider

and perry.

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We’ve been asked to point out that the cover of

last months issue was taken at the Allied Arms.


Look out for their Payday Beer Festival at the end

of every month.

SHURLOCK ROW

Tom is the new licensee of the Shurlock Inn. With

a reputation as a dining pub, he is keen to stress

that he’s happy to welcome drinkers in irrespective

of whether they are eating or not. At least three

local ales are always available.

TILEHURST

Landlord Dave Kesterton who has been running

the Victoria and overseen welcome improvement

in that once-maligned pub, has now also taken the

nearby Butchers Arms on Lower Armour Road.

Doom Bar and – more importantly – West

Berkshire Good Old Boy will be permanent plus a

guest ale to be confirmed.

TWYFORD

Harveys Sussex Best – a rare beer to find in

Berkshire – is regularly available at the Waggon &

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ASCOT ALES

Ascot Ales has become Ascot Brewing company.

Ascot Brewing has been busy since the new owners

took over in the summer. Chris Davies and Mike

Neame are joined by John Willatts, formerly Head

Brewer at Binghams Brewery in Twyford, who will

assume day-to-day responsibility for the Brewery.

They have undertaken a review of the overall

branding, drawing from the company’s existing

provenance. Pumpclips and labels have been redesigned,

and beers re-named, drawing from the

company’s origin.

They now produce:

Anastasia’s Exile Stout. 5/4 Favourite (was

Alligator Ale), Final Furlong (was Posh Pooch),

Gold Cup, On the Rails, as well as a continuing

range of seasonal specials such as Winter Reserve

and Oktoberfest.

BINGHAMS

Binghams had a tap takeover at the Greyfriar on

Thursday 16 th November where there was the

launch of a brand new beer Chocolate Orange

Stout.

The brewery have also taken on a temporary

brewer to help with the seasonal increase in

production. The aptly named Pete Brew was

a founding member of Big Smoke brewery in

London, he will be with Bingham’s until January.

THE CHILTERN BREWERY

The Chiltern Brewery have won 3 top awards

from the highly respected Society of Independent

Brewers (Siba) at their Midlands awards. Bottled

300s Dark Old Ale, which is certified gluten free,

won Gold in the Small Pack, Strong Bitters & Pale

Ales category, draught Chiltern Pale Ale ‘Bronze’

in the Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales and

draught porter Chiltern Black ‘Bronze’ in the Cask

Speciality Mid to Dark Beers section.

The awards are judged mostly by brewers, industry

experts and beer journalists, so are very much seen

as the ‘Brewers’ Choice Awards’ by the industry.

The Brewery has also released a range of new

limited-edition bottle-conditioned authentic

Imperial Stouts. There are 3 to choose from –

Tudor Spiced 6.8%, Dark Coffee 7% and Export

Original 10% - all in 375ml Champagne style

bottles with detailed historical and tasting notes

on the labels.

Seasonal draught beers on now include award

winning 300s Dark Old Ale 4.9% - until January.

A brand-new beer, Oatmeal Stout 4.1%, will be

available in December.

The ales can be ordered for delivery online from

www.chilternbrewery.co.uk or collected from

the Brewery Shop in Terrick. There is a special

Christmas Brewery Shop there too with unique

beer gift ideas and free tasters.

HOOK NORTON

Hook Norton Brewery opened a new Malthouse

Kitchen restaurant on Thursday 9 th November.

Located in the original Maltings building, which

has been restored back to its period look with red

brick walls, ironwork, and wooden floors, The

Malthouse Kitchen guests can enjoy a café style

menu featuring freshly prepared local food over

the breakfast and lunchtime periods.

Many of the dishes will include Hook Norton’s

award-winning ale – e.g., Old Hooky Steak & Ale

Pie, Buttered Toast & Hooky Gold Marmalade.

A full range of teas and hand ground coffee will

be available along with homemade cakes and

pastries. There will, of course, be a bar, serving the

latest range of Hook Norton ales.

The Malthouse Kitchen will be open seven days

a week and will also be available for private hire.

LODDON

Hocus Pocus Old Ale (4.6%) is now available in

draught and bottles. Available from the brewery in

3.6, 9, 18, 36, and 72-pints.

MOOG BREW

September saw Moog Brew’s application for a

premises licence for the brewery taproom/bottle

shop (aka #moogBAR) approved. The premises

licence allows you to buy and collect beers from

the brewery, by prior appointment, any day of the

week. It will also allow them to hold up to 52 open

days each year, (previously restricted to 21 days).

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Seventy Years after George

Orwell and the Perfect Pub

It is now over

seventy years since

the author George

Orwell (Animal

Farm, 1984 etc)

wrote about his

ideal pub calling it

“The Moon Under

Water”. It is no

coincidence that

there are now at

least 14 pubs with

this name in the

Wetherspoons chain

but in Orwell’s

mind it summed up

his view of a pub

customers nirvana.

as he said “if anyone knows of a pub that has

draught stout, open fires, cheap meals, a garden,

motherly barmaids and no radio, I should be glad

to hear of it, even though its name were something

as prosaic as the Red Lion or the Railway Arms”.

(Evening Standard, 9 February 1946)

With the publication of “The Good Beer Guide”

in September it is an interesting exercise to see that

what makes a great pub has not changed much in

three generations!

Tony Springall

The key points can be summed up as follows:

• The architecture should be solid (Orwell

wanted Victorian).

• An open fire in winter.

• Different bars to enable everyone to enjoy

the evening.

• Games such as darts to be played only in the

public bar so there was no danger to life and

limb whilst walking.

• The pub is quiet enough to talk without a

radio or piano (or Sky tv !!)

• Staff are friendly and know customers names

and where they don’t, will call them “dear”

irrespective of age or gender.

• It takes pride in its drinks and serves them

well in decent glasses.

• A good draught stout is served (Orwell’s

favourite)

• It may not serve full dinners but you can

always get something to eat albeit sandwiches

or cheese and pickles.

• The pub has a decent garden where it is a

pleasure to drink on a warm summer evening

and where children can happily play.

Orwell finished his article by saying that there

were no pubs he knew with all these qualities

although he knew of one with the majority and


Behind the Bar

Nick Willson, licensee and co-owner of The Flowing Spring

Hazel and I have run The Flowing Spring for seven

years. In June we managed to buy the freehold

from Fuller’s giving us the freedom to operate it to

its full potential. Exciting times.

This article describes some of our thoughts about

the trade having been both tenants and now

owners.

To start with, anyone who runs a pub or is

considering it needs at least one screw loose.

Ideally more.

Swilling a pint with your mates as a customer has

always been a fine tradition. Even clocking on

for occasional bar shifts is rather fun. But to take

on a pub, hook, line and sinker, you need to be

committed. Literally.

Working the longest of hours, turning your hands

to everything from finances and bookkeeping to

marketing, cellar management, food, cleaning,

maintenance, gardening, supplier relations,

staffing, health and safety, legal responsibilities,

customer management (yes, they need managing!),

media relations and so on. Madness.

To be fair, my only work experience is in country

pubs so I can’t speak for the many townies where

with greater footfall and an attractive offer the

business should stand a reasonable chance. In

the villages and out in the sticks it’s somewhat

different. It has to suit the small community of

which it becomes an intrinsic part and, crucially, it

needs to offer something special and attractive to

entice punters from further afield and keep them

returning, getting them hooked. The locals alone,

bless them, aren’t enough these days.

Many of us will recall the days when we’d pub

crawl by car into the wilderness and ever wonder

how we got home. Of course that’s all changed

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and rightly so; Therefore anyone making the

decision to grab their car or bike keys and make

that journey for a pint needs good reason.

Mywife,Hazel,hasbeeninthetradeformanyyears,

cheffing for the widest range of establishments

from chains to high-end independent restaurants.

And she has a great knowledge of real ale. My

background is marketing: corporate for many

years, then freelancing to small firms for many

more. Working from home can be a solitary

existence so I began part-time work in the local

pub. With the help of Stefano the landlord, I

learned cellar management, grew to understand

the mechanics of a busy pub and kitchen in full

swing and together we looked at marketing his

business in new ways, all valuable experience. Stef

also taught me one unforgettable lesson: When

you have your own pub and the money’s rolling

in, remember, it’s not yours! How true. Once the

brewery, suppliers, council, utilities, staff and the

lovely taxman have collectively wrenched their

funds from your hard-earned, there’s not much

left.

It was at that pub that Hazel and I got together.

Over many beers we decided to pool our

professional skills and seek out the ideal pub for

us. The Flowing Spring was right under our noses

and it fitted our hefty business plan. It’s been a

fine, traditional country pub since the late 1700s

with excellent ales, a charming quirkiness, almost

an acre of land to exploit and a decent location on

the main road between Reading and Henley. So

Fuller’s took us on as tenants in December 2010

and we set to work giving it some much needed

TLC. We wanted its inherent charm to thoroughly

shine so we enhanced its cosiness and quirkiness.

We launched menus for people with dietary

needs which have gone from strength to strength,

winning national awards. We set to work putting

on all sorts of events including astronomy nights,


THE FLOWING SPRING,

HENLEY ROAD, PLAYHATCH,

OXFORDSHIRE RG4 9RB

OPENING HOURS

Mondays closed. Tuesday to Friday open 12:00

till 2:30pm and 5:30pm till 11pm. Saturday and

Sunday open midday till 11:00.

Homemade food including gluten-free, dairy-free,

vegetarian, and vegan served Tuesday to Saturday

noon to 2:15pm and 6pm to 9pm, Sundays noon

to 2:15pm only.

live music, charity fundraising weekends and

auctions, beer festivals, classic car and bike meets,

stand-up comedy nights, unplugged nights and

lots more. Each event was designed to attract new

customers from far and wide. And, importantly,

we gained Camra’s and Cask Marque’s recognition

for our range and quality of ales. We’re proud to

have been South Oxfordshire Camra Pub of the

Season twice and we’re in the Good Beer Guide for

the sixth consecutive year.

We purchased the freehold from the brewery in

June 2017 and set about giving the pub it’s own

identity and expanding the drinks offer. We now

have a choice of six real ales. London Pride and

ESB remain (they have their fan clubs), but now

we’re like children in a sweet shop, selecting

staggeringly good beers every week. We tend to go

for big, robust flavours with great balances of malt

and hops rather than the perfumed, citrusy hopped

ales with scents of plug-in air fresheners. But that’s

the traditionalist in us – and in our customers.

We’ve also expanded our range of gluten-free

beers, vegan beers and wines and, unusually, offer

a large range of really good alcohol-free beers.

REGULAR EVENTS:

• Unplugged Night - Any music, any style, any

level but just acoustic. First Tuesday of the

month at 7:45pm except January.

• Quiz Night - Every Sunday 8pm to 9:30pm

(please call to book). £1 per person, winning

team takes the money.

• Classic Car and Bike Breakfast Meet: Every

second Sunday of the month in the car park

and gardens from April to October, 9:30am

to 11:30am. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee etc..

available

• Autojumble: Starting 15 April 2018 and every

third Sunday of the month to October in the

garden (subject to weather and demand)

We’re all aware of the stranglehold tenants suffer

on tied contracts, paying well over the wholesale

price for drinks and the disproportionate

rents solicited. But if tenants can survive these

impositions and turn a small profit, it proves the

business model has merit. Having proved it works,

then look for a freehold and enjoy! It’s a great

feeling.

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Pub of the Year

WHAT IS IT?

Every year, the Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

branch awards its Pub of the Year (PotY) title to

the pub voted for by branch members. It’s the

most prestigious prize we can bestow and the

more people voting, the better.

Our winner plays off against the other three

Berkshire branches in order to decide who is

Berkshire PotY. It can then proceed through a

number of larger inter-regional rounds and, if it’s

judged best in class all the way through, end up as

the National Pub of the Year. In 2017, the Nags

Head made it through to the last 16 nationally!

After much deliberation in our October branch

meeting, the 2018 Pub of the Year six finalists are:

Bell, Waltham St. Lawrence

Bell & Bottle, Shinfield

Castle Tap, Reading

Fox & Hounds, Caversham

Nags Head, Reading

Retreat, Reading

CAN I JOIN IN?

Yes! If you’re a member of CAMRA or an

affiliated organisation (e.g. Reading University

Real Ale Society). A form will be circulated to take

to the nominated pubs, score, and return (and

online form will also be available). We only insist

on two things:

• That all listed pubs are visited

• That you score fairly and honestly

HOW AND WHEN CAN I VOTE?

Voting is now open and runs until 28th February

2018 – that’s three months to visit six of our finest

pubs! How about planning some weekend trips?

We like as many people as possible to vote, so

we’re giving you a lot more time in which to

complete your surveys and have also tried to make

it as simple as possible to vote.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO VOTE:

• Via the normal paper PoTY 2018 Form

which should can be obtained from (and

returned to) whatpub@readingcamra.org.uk

• Via our online form link at www.bit.ly/

rdgpoty

• If you decide to vote via our online form

you can submit more than one form per

pub as the scores will be condensed after the

deadline has passed.

You must be a CAMRA member, and need to visit

and score every pub for your votes to count.

You are welcome to score any of the pubs

more than once – particularly if you ratings are

significantly different on different visits. Multiple

votes will be compressed to form an average once

the voting has closed.

Quinten Taylor

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We’re on the Trail Again

Since its start in 2002, our Real Ale Trail has

showcased over a hundred pubs from within our

branch, and a few from just outside. We have been

told by our regional and national contacts, that

it is the most successful CAMRA Ale Trail in the

country.

The number of pubs per trail has varied from

twelve in 2004 to 28 in the 2010 to 2012 period.

At its height, we printed 2,000 leaflets and had

seven to eight hundred of them returned for their

prizes. Of course, the most popular prize was

when completing the trail guaranteed you free

priority entry to the Beer & Cider Festival. Since

the festival regularly went to capacity and operated

a one-in-one-out policy, it was a very popular

benefit. We even had a group of beer-lovers travel

up from Wales to complete enough pubs to qualify

so that when they came to the festival, they were

guaranteed quick entry.

The original objective of the trail was to promote

the festival. In the first year you only had to visit

five of the fifteen pubs to get a free ticket to the

festival, drinking a pint – not a half – in each.

Ten pubs gave you a ticket, plus a glass and beer

tokens; while all fifteen gave you a weekend pass,

beer glass, and beer tokens! In 2003 the number

of pubs increased to eighteen, but with similar

rewards.

After many years of debate about the policy and

the practicalities of advance tickets, the festival

succeeded in engaging a suitable system, and the

unique benefit of completing the trail disappeared.

As was to be expected, the numbers completing

the trail dropped substantially, but it was so

well established in many people’s calendar, that

it continued to flourish. It was, after all, still a

good way of publicising the festival. It was also

recognised as a good way to encourage people

to visit pubs they might not otherwise go to, and

it does, of course, raise awareness of the need

to support pubs along with CAMRA’s other

objectives.

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Organising the trail does take a considerable

amount of volunteers’ time and CAMRA’s money.

The printing of the leaflets and the coloured

stickers costs us nearly £500. The cost of the beer

tokens and t-shirts runs up a four-figure bill. We

have the draw prizes sponsored, but no income

other than where the deposit on leaflets goes

uncollected.

Now it’s onwards! The plans for the 2018 trail are

well underway. The format will be the same as last

year, though, after a couple of successful years of

including one pub just across our branch border,

we plan to up it to two. As always we will include

around a third to a half of pubs that weren’t on

the previous trail and a few that have never been

on the trail. Which pubs are in – well you’ll have

to wait and see. Check out our Facebook page -

Reading Ale Trail - and for more information

about the trail, the rules, and the reasons, go to

the branch webpage - www.readingcamra.org.uk/

aletrail There’s much to be done before it starts on

Saturday 10th February. So put that date in your

diary and be ready to hit the trail.

Brian Jones


A SARDINIAN BREWING

ADVENTURE

Last summer at XT we brewed

a Belgian Wit Beer, the ‘Animal

Donkey’, with innovative and eccentric Italian

Brewery BBBirra from Bosa. The beer was made

with wheat and loads of potent Sardinian orange

zest brought over by our brewing friend Carl

Fitzpatrick.

This year I headed out to the idyllic Sardinian

coastal town of Bosa to join Carl again and get

our brewing heads together for round two of our

international collaboration. Carl runs his brewery

and farm in the medieval town of Bosa on the

banks of the river Temo in NW Sardinia. The

two ventures are built on solid environmental and

sustainable principles close to Carl’s heart. The

farm grows all the barley, wheat and hops for the

beers, and his well provides all the brewing liquor;

the yeast even comes from the local wine producers.

Both ancient and contemporary varieties of grains

are grown to ensure a diverse culture on the farm

and remove the need for chemical assistance.

The by-products of brewing are fed to the farm

animals. Unusual these days – even the used beer

bottles are returned by Carl’s drinkers and refilled.

The locals are so used to this now; he doesn’t

even need to charge a deposit! The whole process

from field to glass takes place all within walking

distance of the farm. The first beer we worked

on in the four storey brewery, tucked away in the

narrow, winding streets of old town Bosa, was

based on an Italian speciality – “Doppio Malto.”

This very high gravity beer is made with a unique

double mashing process. The super-strong wort

is then munched away by yeast which had been

cropped from actively fermenting Malvasia wine.

To balance the massively chewy malt flavours,

high alpha hops are added for a citrus bite.

If the beers travel further than Bosa, Carl takes

them in his mobile pub – an amazing converted

German fire engine. With hand pumps, a bar, and

a bespoke chilled cellar; the beers are enjoyed in

perfect condition while drinkers rest on old wine

barrels. One day, between brews, we collected an

old oak foeder from an ancient and crumbling

wine cellar. The cellar tucked away in a tiny

narrow street was an Aladdin’s cave of fantastic

old wine casks, resting unused for many years, I

wish I could have brought one home for a bit of

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whacky fermentation of my own. As a balance to

the Doppio, we turned our attention to a beverage

made from the oldest strain of grain grown by man

– Einkorn wheat which was originally cultivated

in ancient Egypt. It’s a tough little grain and takes

a lot to get it to give up its sugars for brewing. To

help the process, our grist needed to be blended

with some contemporary malted wheat.

The flavours of this hazy, refreshing “Pharaoh’s

Ale” perfectly matched the heat of the Sardinian

sun. Sardinia has a hot, Mediterranean climate

and the beer culture has grown accordingly – with

the locals and visitors

preferring lighter and

fruity beers, softer

IPAs, wheat beers

and lagers. The craft

beer craze has swept

across the whole of

Italy, and now even

Sardinia has over two

dozen local breweries.

The beer market is

still dominated by

Ichnusa – a classic Euro fizz lager. As with many

similar brands, this brewer is now a part of the

giant Heineken, but a raft of small independent

producers are making many inroads.

My pick of these new kids on the island include:

Marduk from Orosei on the east coast – this is

one of the more commercial of the independent

producers, and their beers include American style

IPAs, Czech Lagers, and a Munich Alt Bier. But

as with BBBirra they also follow a sustainability

field to grain principle and have their own farm

and maltings. Birrificio Cagliari, based in the

capital, produce an extensive range of styles –and

all packaged in beautiful bottles with very stylish

labels. Worth it just to enjoy the Italian designer

look. Birra Lara from Tertenia on the southeastern

coast is a very modern brewery creating beers

using barley grown on their own farm. The owners

enthusiastically support the traceability of their

ingredients throughout the process. Sambrinus

from Sassari in the north is the oldest craft brewer,

operating since 1999. Beers follow a more classical

style of traditional brews.


Birrificio 4 Mori based in the southwestern town

of Guspini, the brewery is housed in old mine

workings and uses an excellent numbering system

for their beers. Most of the beers are available

in bottles – generally I found these to be bottle

conditioned, the locals expect ‘craft’ to be cloudy

and preferably with lots of foam. Finding the beers

on draught was a little tricky, but when you do

find them, they are often ‘keg conditioned’ in keykeg

or other bag type disposable systems. Many of

the beers I tried were unfiltered and unpasteurised.

In order to enjoy a really good range look out for

one of the many beer festivals around the island.

These tend to be laid out in the ‘market street’

style where you can meet and talk to the brewery

teams on their own stalls.

It was a pleasure to work with Carl again this year,

and get an insight into beer and brewing in Italy.

Travelling for beer – what could be better?

A GOLDEN WONDER

FRESH MIX OF HOPS FOR A DELICIOUS ALE

RICH RUBY ALE

SMOOTH AND MALTY WITH A FULL BODY

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SIMONDS

Anyone of a certain age will remember local pubs

bearing the red hop leaf trademark which adorned

every other pub around Reading in the 1950’s

and which seemed to die out immediately after

takeover by Courage in 1960 when the golden

cockerel on a red background became ubiquitous

everywhere in the Thames Valley.

THE RED HOP LEAF OF SIMONDS

William Blackall Simonds was the

son of a yeoman farmer from the

Arborfield / Wokingham area who

started to develop the malting and

brewing interests of his father and

when he died in 1782 left the business

to his son WB Simonds together with

a legacy from grandfather of £1000.

At this time he was about to marry the daughter

of Thomas May, a brewer from Basingstoke who

gave a dowry of £2000 and this set the young

man on the course to develop the most modern

brewery possible in the early part of the industrial

revolution.

He acquired a site in Bridge Street, Reading (next

to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which would be

used to bring in raw materials and take out the

finished product) and arranged for his friend Sir

John Soane who had just finished the designs

for The Bank of England to create a magnificent

Georgian edifice. It would be the centre of brewing

in Reading for the next 185 years and gave the

town its reputation for producing the “3B’s”, Beer,

Bulbs and Biscuits (Simonds, Suttons and Huntley

& Palmers) respectively.

SIMONDS BREWERY CANALSIDE

WB Simonds son,

Blackall took

over in 1815 in

difficult times

with the ending

of the Napoleonic

wars at a time of a

large agricultural

slump but the

company weathered these difficult times and by

1839 were producing 15,000 barrels per annum.

In 1834 they started to brew a beer specifically

for export, Pale Ale which would be sent to all

corners of the world and particularly to the army

as the brewery created ties with the military which

A very local brewer

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would see their beers being drunk in Sandhurst by

officers, Aldershot by soldiers and all points east

in the burgeoning empire. A branch of the business

was set up in Malta (still in existence but no longer

connected in any way), Gibraltar, as well as where

large army garrisons were based.

Growth was rapid throughout the 19th Century

and by 1871 output was at 58,000 barrels and

this doubled in the next 25 years. The brewery

had seen the advantages early on of rail travel and

as well as sending their beers across the country

by rail also created refreshment rooms from Kent

to Devon on principal stations, all selling Simonds

beer.

By 1914 the brewery was producing 200,000

barrels pa and had become a significant player

in the country but it was in the post war period

that Simonds went on the expansion trail, buying

up 11 breweries between 1919 and 1939. These

breweries included the South Berks Brewery,

Newbury in 1920, Ashbys of Staines in 1930 and

Adnams of Newbury in 1936. It was a branch of

the latter family that had moved to Southwold

to take on the Sole Bay Brewery in 1870 and

which still bears their name today. Just before the

outbreak of war Simonds was producing well over

a quarter of a million barrels of beer per annum.

As soon as the Second World War was over

it continued its expansion with Bowlys of

Swindon in 1945 and ironically John May &

Co of Basingstoke in 1947. It was the dowry

from an earlier generation that had allowed WB

Simonds to build the Bridge Street Brewery. Other

breweries were bought up and by the mid 1950’s

it had 1200 pubs and was producing over 1%

of all beer consumed in the UK. This made the

brewery ripe for takeover and in 1959 the brewery

entered into a short lived trading agreement with

Courage, Barclay Perkins however by 1960 this

had developed into full blown takeover.

Brewing continued in Bridge Street until 1979

when production moved to Worton Grange and

by 1983 the brewery had been demolished and

the site was ripe for development. It is ironic that

whereas the Bridge Street site had brewed for

almost two centuries the latter brewed for a mere

30 years before it was closed.


A Time of Giving

“It’s not yet Christmas!” I hear you cry, (or just

after, depending on when you’re reading this)

“The Beer Festival is months away!” Well, yes, it’s

still a few months off, but behind the scenes, work

for the 2018 festival started back in June.

The Reading CAMRA Beer & Cider festival is the

biggest event in our branch calendar, attracting

thousands of customers, and taking hundreds of

volunteers to put together.

As well as general volunteer roles during setup and

open hours - which will be available for sign-up

nearer the time, and do please consider it, because

it’s very rare that we have enough volunteer staff,

we still have some managerial and deputy roles to

fill:

Bar, and particularly, Deputy Bar Managers;

Deputy Concessions Manager; Finance Deputy;

Products and Membership Manager; Traffic

Management - to control and supervise the many

many vehicle movements during the setup and

takedown process.

If you think that you’d suit any of these roles, or

you’d like more information, please drop a line to

Contact@readingcamra.org.uk

With 15 “Reading’s” under my belt I can honestly

say that it isn’t all a walk in the park, but it is

immensely rewarding, and we need people with

passion, enthusiasm, and commitment. One of

those people might be you.

If volunteering isn’t for you, or you’re just too

committed a customer, then there are other ways

that you can help - Who do you work for? Would

they be interested in sponsorship or advertising?

Do you visit a pub just outside our branch border

who might not be on our radar to ask?

Sponsorship is vital to the viability of the festival.

In order to build a functioning festival from an

empty field safely, and without any damage to the

grounds, we have huge infrastructure costs for

the temporary roadway, fencing, stillage, lighting

- and all this before we buy any beer.

It’s a fantastic and much loved event, but it does

cost to put on. Sponsorship is a great way for local

businesses to advertise with us, our footfall is

thousands. We have options to suit every budget,

again, drop an email to Contact@readingcamra.

org.uk and we’ll put you in touch with the right

people.

Katrina Fletcher

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Reading Beer & Cider Festival

Trade Session

1PM THURSDAY 3RD MAY 2018

In the six years that we, (Scott & I), have been

running the event it has evolved into a showcase

where 30+ producers (beer, cider, perry, mead,

wine & support services) will present their

products to members of the licensed trade. In fact

with an established attendance of over 550 people;

I believe that the Trade Session at Reading is one

of the largest in the country.

This year we would like to welcome John Newick

& Alex Taylor to the team, may they realise the

workload they have taken on!

If you are running a licensed premise, (pub, club,

hotel, social club, theatre), or you are a retailer, or

maybe a newsagent and would like to attend the

Trade Session, then please drop an e-mail to

trade@readingbeerfestival.org.uk, and we will

include you in our guest list.

Should you happen to be a producer, and are

within 70 miles of RG1 8BN and wish to display

your product to members of the licensed trade,

then please contact us, and we will try to fit you

into the event.

Arthur Pounder

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MORLANDS

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

In the early 1700s the

Morland family in West

Ilsey, Berkshire were

brewing commercially

at Hodcott Farm

and over succeeding

generations the business

prospered and grew.

In 1854 the business

passed to a cousin

Edward Henry Morland

who purchased the

bankrupt Eagle

Brewery in Abingdon in

1861 in order to expand

operations. This was

the site for the next 140 years of brewing until its

closure following the Greene King takeover.

the company as he had studied brewing abroad and

had a very astute business brain. Over the course

of the next 50 years he oversaw rapid expansion

as well as creating a number of subsidiaries such

as malt extract production, soft drinks and built a

new brewhouse for the business.

THE BREWHOUSE IN 1912

Prior to Edward Henry Morland taking on the

business, in the late 18th century, Susannah

Morland, a daughter of the family was married off

to John Spenlove, the owner of the Abbey Brewery

in Abingdon. This business also flourished with

Abingdon being a centre for malting and brewing

and as part of the marriage settlement, a sum

of £5000 (almost £¾ million in modern terms)

was given which enabled rapid expansion and it

started to produce a strong porter.

In 1866, on the death of Susannah’s spinster

daughter, the brewing operation passed to Edward

Henry Morland who by 1887 had combined the

businesses as well as taking over the Ilsey Brewery

to create United Breweries and in the same year he

closed West Ilsey to centre everything in Abingdon.

Edward Henry died the following year and having

no direct descendents the breweries passed to a

nephew Edward Morland, whose father was a

solicitor in the town.

The young Edward followed his uncle’s philosophy

of expansion and in the same year took over Saxbys

of Abingdon and the following year Field and Sons

of Shillingford was absorbed along with their tied

houses and the brewing operation closed down. As

the business grew it was necessary to seek outside

expertise and Thomas Skurray was invited to join

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The inter war years saw the takeover of many

local breweries with the Wantage Brewery in

1920 then in 1927 J Dymore-Brown and Sons and

Ferguson’s, both of Reading, and Hewett and Co

of Shurlock Row, near Reading, were all purchased

and closed down, the trade being supplied from

the main brewery in Abingdon. The former

Dymore-Brown site was then used as a depot to

supply the large number of tied pubs in South

Berkshire which had been aquired with with these

purchases.The company had doubled its pubs and

production had grown similarly making Morlands

a significant regional brewer and it consolidated

its position in Abingdon by purchasing The Tower

Steam Brewery and in 1928Wantage’s Lewis Rock

Well Brewery.

In 1944, Morland became a public company and

all the other company names with the exception

of Fergusons were withdrawn. At the same time,

a new trademark was introduced. It showed a

man in a red frock coat and tricorn hat, holding

an artist’s palette in one hand and admiring a glass

of beer held in the other hand. It is this symbol

(shown above) which is still visible on many of

the former pubs in our area. The drawing is a

depiction of the artist George Morland (1763-


1804), a relative of the original Morland brewing

family, who became famous for his landscape and

rustic agricultural scenes.

By the mid-1950s, the Company had an estate

consisting of approximately three hundred tied

houses, all within a 40 mile radius of Abingdon.

This trading area extended from Bicester in the

north to Basingstoke in the south; in the east a

line from Windsor up through Princes Risborough

and westwards to Lechlade. In 1956 Whitbread

purchased a large block of shares (39%) and

whilst this may have been seen as a predatory

approach it proved useful to both companies as

Abingdon was an ideal training ground for many

young brewers who would go on to other parts of

the Whitbread empire and for Morlands it could

call on the technical expertise of the much larger

company.

The businesses co-existed for the next 25 years

quite happily and in 1979 Morlands launched its

most iconic beer of Old Speckled Hen to celebrate

50 years of MG car production in its home town

of Abingdon. It was an immediate success and the

high gravity strong bitter was then produced in

cask form to much acclaim. The demand for this

beer became so great that additional brewhouse

capacity was required, with the result that the

decision was taken to withdraw from lager

production in order to make additional capacity

available for brewing Old Speckled Hen.

The business was continuing to grow. Changes

in the industry meant that public houses were

coming on to the market in large numbers. During

the 1990s more than two hundred were acquired

from other brewers. Most of these were in areas

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adjoining the original Morland distribution

territory which now extended to the south coast

and eastwards into the Greater London area, with

a further group in Kent. As a result, there had

to be further reorganistion and expansion of the

Abingdon facilities.

This expansion did not go unnoticed and in

1992 Greene King bought a large block of the

Whitbread shares on the understanding that the

rest would also be sold if they could acquire a

controlling interest. This hostile approach was

fended off following a local outcry but in its bid

to become too big a target, Morlands bought

Ruddles of Oakham with its brands of Ruddles

Best and Ruddles County and moved production

to Abingdon.

Partly due to mismanagement and cash flow

problems the business became a suitable target

again for Greene King and in 1999 they purchased

sufficient shares to gain control and they took

over the whole Morland business, including the

beer brands. The great market success enjoyed by

‘Old Speckled Hen’ was an important part of the

attraction. Production in Abingdon ceased almost

immediately with the brewery site being sold for

housing and all beers were now produced in Bury

St Edmunds ending over 250 years of brewing

heritage in this part of Berkshire (Oxfordshire

after the 1974 Local Government changes).

I am indebted to Bill Mellor, former Head Brewer

at Morlands for the majority of this article with

additional material from Britains Lost Breweries

by Chris Arnott and The Berkshire Pub Guide

edited.

Tony Springall


Awards Evening

Our branch Gala Presentation Evening was held

on on Thursday 21 st September at the Bell &

Bottle, Shinfield.

Presentations were made to various award winners

including:

• The breweries of the winners of the local

beers of the Reading Beer & Cider Festival

awards

• The finalists in the branch Club of the Year

competition

• The winners of the branch Pub of the Year,

Cider Pub of the Year and Club of the Year

• Those who the branch consider have made

an outstanding contribution to supporting

the aims and objectives of CAMRA

In addition we were pleased to host the award to

the Regional Pub of the Year and the Regional

Cider Pub of the Year.

REGIONAL AWARDS

Nag’s Head - Berkshire POTY Winner

Nag’s Head - Regional CPOTY winner

Nag’s Head - Regional POTY winner

NAG’S WINNERS

PREPARATIONS

PUBS OF THE YEAR

Nag’s Head - POTY winner

Fox & Hounds, Caversham -POTY runner-up

Greyfriar -POTY finalist

Alehouse - POTY finalist

Bell & Bottle - POTY finalist

Eldon Arms - POTY finalist

Nag’s Head - Cider POTY winner

Bell, Waltham St Lawrence - Cider POTY runnerup

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Wargrave Snooker Club

LOCAL BEERS OF THE

FESTIVAL

Loose Cannon, Abingdon Gold - Overall Gold

XT, XT13 - Overall Silver

Twickenham Fine Ales, Wolf of the Woods -

Overall Bronze

Siren Craft, YuLu - Beers under 4.2%

Twickenham Fine Ales - Beers between 4.2% &

4.9%

Ascot Ales, Anastasia Exile Stout - Beers 5.0% and

above

STEVE STANTON RECEIVES HIS

AWARD FOR REFURBISHMENT OF

THE BUTLER

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Winter Ales

The medieval City of Norwich hosts the Great

British Beer Festival Winter 2018. From popular

light ales to ruby and dark ales, foreign beers,

ciders and perry, all served in magnificent medieval

friary halls in the heart of Norwich, where pubs

also host The Fringe, with special events 1st-24th

February.

The festival offers all this plus fantastic street food

and an exciting array of entertainment. Tickets for

the Great British Beer Festival Winter are available

now, but do note – we only have limited advanced

tickets available!

But not to worry! If you miss out on our advanced

tickets you can still get in on the door!

Opening Times

• 20th February 17:30–22:30 (CAMRA

Members Preview only)

• 21st February 12:00 – 22:30

• 22nd February 12:00 – 22:30

• 23rd February 12:00 – 22:30

• 24th February 12:00 – 22:30

Last Admission: half hour before close. No passouts

will be allowed.

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You Need Your Glasses!

There can be no referee in the land that has not

had this insult thrown at them but glasses in the

pub trade are a very serious business and I am sure

we all have our favourites. When you enter a pub

and ask for a pint in the UK you receive 20oz or

568 ml. The size of a pint glass is just the right size

to slake the thirst and not require a too frequent

return to the bar but it is still a manageable size.

One only has to think of huge German steins

holding at least a litre to realise how ideal a pint

glass is.

Glass is an ideal material for a drinking vessel as

it is inert and introduces no “off flavours” to a

beer unlike earlier vessels such as leather jacks or

pewter tankards. All pub glasses will be marked

with a crown to indicate a guarantee of capacity

and this has been the case for over 300 years.

Since 2007 pint glasses have been produced with

a CE mark, which shows the glass conforms to

European law. A popular alternative to the CE to

brim pint glass is the LCE pint glass, which is an

oversized glass which is lined and CE marked at

a pint, allowing extra room for a head. It is this

style favoured by CAMRA as it allows a full pint

with a head.

DIMPLE

The archetypal beer glass must

be the dimple jug but it was

fairly late on the scene being

introduced in the 1930’s and

when the Ravenhead Glass

factory in St Helens closed in

2001 the last manufacturer was

gone. The dimple glass then went

out of fashion however there

has been a recent revival in fortunes although all

new glasses are now imported from places as far

away as Turkey. They were not loved by publicans

as they did not stack easily, took up more space

in the glass washer and could cost up to three

times as much as a straight glass. In a number

of fashionable pubs and bars however they have

made a comeback as people say the handle stops

body heat warming the beer although there is a

counter argument that the wide mouth causes a

loss of aroma.

10 SIDED MUG

The predecessor of the dimple glass,

this was introduced in 1928 and was

viewed as a more substantial glass

than the common conical. It quickly

fell out of favour to the dimple when

it became available.

CONICAL

One of the earliest

designs for a beer glass and

popular in the early part of

the 20th century but it had the

disadvantage of having the rim

easily chipped when glasses rubbed

up against one another although in

design terms it is still a favourite

drinking vessel and the style found

at most beer festivals.

NONIC (OR NONIK)

The answer for publicans who

were having to replace chipped or

“nicked” glasses was the nonic.

The bulge about 1/3 of the way

down ensured that the rims did

not touch and hence the name,

short for no-nick. It was invented

by Hugo Pick of Albert Pick & Co

of Chicago, Illinois as long ago

as 1914 and had a 40% greater

strength than a conical glass, reducing breakages,

ensuring it was easy to hold and facilitating easy

cleaning. It was introduced to the UK in 1948 by

Ravenhead and is a firm favourite amongst the

licensed trade as it is cheap to replace when it does

eventually require it.

TULIP

The Tulip is a more modern glass having

a taller shape, usually flaring out towards

the top; these designs are more commonly

associated with promotional campaigns

by breweries, and are frequently etched or

marked with the beer’s label.

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STEMMED (OR GOBLET)

The stemmed glass is often seen as

something of a connoisseurs choice

as it allows a beer to be swirled

around (providing it has not been

over-filled), releasing the aromas.

It is not often found in the licensed

trade as it is significantly more

expensive.

GLASSES FROM FARTHER

AFIELD

BELGIUM

If this article was being written for

Belgium it would have about 50

chapters as each beer has its own

distinctive glass with a myriad

of shapes and styles. They have

the most impractical glass of all

with that for Kwak (shown to the

left) being unable to rest on a flat

surface as it has a bulbous rounded

bottom. Each of the Trappist Breweries has an

individual style of their own to highlight their

individuality.

GERMANY

Germany, like Belgium has a proliferation of

glasses for each individual beer and style. A kolsch

from Cologne would not be served in a glass for

pilsner and likewise a bock or doppelbock from

Hanover would not be served from a Berliner

weissbier glass. This is also the home of the highly

decorated ceramic beer stein with a metal top but

these are more often bought as tourist souvenirs

rather than used as serious drinking vessels.

To sum up, we may look upon glasses as fairly

utilitarian articles but where would we be without

them and woe betide the person who uses someone

else’s favourite glass without realising it, wars

have been fought over less.

Tony Springall

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