Anger and disbelief have greeted the news that W. H. Brakspear, one of England’s finest pale ale brewers, is to close by the end of the year. Brakspear, based in an idyllic location by the River Thames in Henley, Oxfordshire, is thought by many to be more concerned with realizing the inflated value of its... View Article
Full Pints - History January 1, 2003 - Roger Protz
Full Pints - History November 1, 2002 - Greg Kitsock
If you’re a regular reader of this magazine, it probably makes your blood boil whenever some neo-Prohibitionist equates beer with crack cocaine or blames your favorite beverage for all of society’s ills. How do you respond when some anti-alcohol think tank calls for doubling the beer tax or restricting beer advertising?
Full Pints - History September 1, 2002 - Alan Moen
Napoleon is credited with having said, “An army travels on its belly.” Maybe he should have added, “and that belly should be full of beer.” In Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “Gunga Din,” an Indian water carrier is depicted as a lifesaving hero to parched British soldiers in the heat of battle. But as vital as his... View Article
Full Pints - History March 1, 2002 - Roger Protz
In the late 1970s, when I was honing my skills as a fledgling beer writer, I visited Courage’s brewery by the banks of the River Thames in London. It was a historic site, with deep roots in the brewing of porter, stout and pale ale, and it afforded stunning views of Tower Bridge and St.... View Article
Full Pints - History March 1, 2002 - Greg Kitsock
Bio-Threat to Brewing Industry? Eternal vigilance is the price of security, and the signs of vigilance are everywhere in Washington: concrete barriers ring the White House, national guardsmen patrol the US Capitol grounds, and fighter planes pass overhead.
Full Pints - History January 1, 2002 - Roger Protz
The PC’s thesaurus has come up with a magnificent silver dollar word. There I was, struggling with mess, muddle and botched, and all the while, a far better term was waiting for me: discombobulated. It sums up beautifully the state of the British brewing industry following a ruling by the Labor government.