Curmudgeon - Beer & Pubs Archive - 2016

INDEX

January
A Pub is for Life, Not Just for Christmas - it’s hard not to see publicly-funded abstinence campaigns as a direct attack on the licensed trade
Selling off the Silver? - does a wave of disposals mean that the wheels have started to come off the Wetherspoon juggernaut?

February
Open All Hours? - longer and more flexible licensing hours have been a good thing for both pubgoers and public order
Planning not Parsimony - planning rules are preventing micropubs offering decent toilet provision

March
Someone’s Gonna Have to Pay - the “National Living Wage” will have a disproportionate effect on pubs
Cutting the Strings - paying charities from public funds to lobby the government makes no sense

April
It’s Real, Jim, But Not As We Know It - keg-conditioned beer may be great, but it’s not the same as cask

May
Care of the Community - if people truly value pubs, they may have to stump up to save them

June
Great Stuff this Bass - Draught Bass is a great survivor and a link to our brewing heritage

July
Out of Control - to claim that drinking in pubs is intrinsically better than at home is ill-informed special pleading

August
Hear, Hear! - contemporary pub designers ignore the needs of the deaf, and of people with other disa­bilities

September
Doing What it Says on the Tin - the clue to what CAMRA should concentrate on can be found in its name

October
Cash is King - the pub trade remains one the prime strongholds of the cash economy
Ring My Bell - if there are no staff at the bar, customers need to be able to summon them






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