Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not as Good. Beer Is Better!

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not as Good. Beer Is Better!

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Byline: BEER RICHARD FLETCHER

SEARCHING for an image to go with another story, I came across this beauty and stopped. "Is British beer as good as it used to be" is a headline I couldn't pass over.

Dating from the Monday July 10 1972 edition the Mirror, it was the 'rst part in a three-part examination into the state of British beer.

Clearly, they thought something was amiss (as we can now easily retrospectively see), and the 'gures they produced must have been dismal reading for most beer lovers at the time.

e pages were featured in the Mirror this month as the survey that saved our national drink, asking dockers and truckers to taste-test beers from around the country.

e quotes are genius. From one brewer: "We regard our bitter as one of the best in the Midlands. It has the same basic recipe as in grandmother's day."

I reckon that catchy claim should be the slogan on the cans of the next cutting edge West Coast brewery to open. Further down, it mentions a man who asked to be buried with a bottle of his favourite beer (he was); how many of today's craft beer bottle-slinging hipsters can you imagine taking their fashionable dedication bottle of his favourite beer (he was); how many of today's craft beer bottle-slinging hipsters can you imagine taking their fashionable dedication that far? It speaks of the ree Tuns in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, the oldest brewery in Britain, which it quotes at the time as one of the few brewpubs left (I wonder what they'd make of the incredible localism that It speaks of the ree Tuns in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, the oldest brewery in Britain, which it quotes at the time as one of the few brewpubs left (I wonder what they'd make of the incredible localism that today sits comfortably side by side with the incredible oering of international beers, or the rise of great places such as e Bridge Tavern in Newcastle or the Schooner in Gateshead). …

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