Back in 1995, a group of friends were drinking in a Walsall pub, discussing the latest news about the local brewery which had just been bought by the management from Bass. They knew that the chances of success were dependant on locals supporting the brewery and explored different ways of giving practical help. Apart from drinking the “Highgate Mild” which they already did, they came up with the idea of a “Friends of....” group to give first hand support direct to the brewery, and Friends of Highgate Brewery (FoHB) was born.
At our regular monthly meetings (originally six at Highgate Brewery and six at pubs selling Highgate Beers) we socialize with like minded people and our organised tours to other breweries and beer related places usually sell out very quickly. We have supported and worked at several events over the years, purchased and erected the Highgate Brewery Centenary gates in 1998, assisted with
Barbed wire: Australian slang for beer -
Dog’s nose: beer with a measure of gin added
Three heads: three kinds of beer mixed together
Stingo: ale strong enough to sting the drinker as it is consumed. 17th century on
Submarino: San Miguel lager with a shot of tequila in it.
Arval: a funeral ale or festival.
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painting and decorating the brewery, and maintained a high profile at the Walsall Beer Festival.
With the help of our members we fund raise for various local charities (see Charity Work) but our main project has been fundraising for Walsall Breast Cancer Self Help Group (£800.00 Donation at last AGM). The total amount raised for all of our Donations since 1995 is well over £25,000 and we only boast about 100 members! Obviously the friends rely on a capable committee of dedicated volunteers who give up a lot of their time to organise and co-
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
According to chemistry, beer is a solution.
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.
Bartender: “Can I draw you a beer, Norm?”
“No, I know what they look like. Just pour me one”
Norm Peterson in NBC’s Cheers
Beer is wholesome liquor ….
it abounds with
Dr Benjamin Bush
You can never buy beer; you just rent it.
CBS’s All in the family
You can’t have a Real Country unless you have a Beer and an airline -
Mothers of Invention
Twenty four hours in a day,
Twenty four beers in a crate.
No coincidence, surely?
The mouth of a perfectly happy man
is filled with beer.
Samuel Pepys mentions in his Diary (1663) that he has drunk Cock Ale.
This was a mix of ale with jelly or minced meat of a boiled cock. That’s a male chicken in case you wondered.
"They who drink beer will think beer."
"There is no such thing as a bad beer. It's that some taste better than others."
"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind."
Beer is the answer.
I don’t remember the question.
Beer has food value but food has no beer value.