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Autumn Newsletter 2017

The next FoHB Social will be held at the St Matthews Hall, Walsall, on the 9th October, starting at 7.30pm as usual. We shall have a quiz; and Dennis will have the 50p vouchers to give out – bring your membership card in case he wants to see it. The social after that will be held on 13th November at the Green Dragon, Darlaston, a change in management but still offering the same quality beers on cask.

We had a good turnout for the social at the Bloxwich Showman and the beers were all on top form.  There was also a good turnout at the Old Hop Pole in West Bromwich, where there will be a change of gaffer soon, so all the best to Shirley and Lou Ashe, who are retiring in November. We shall miss them, but fingers crossed, the new management will keep up the same high standards.

Dawkins Brewery trip - A visit to Dawkins in Bristol has been arranged for Saturday 21st October. The idea is that after the brewery tour and beer tasting we will visit two or three of Dawkins pubs in Bristol to continue drinking their beer. More details and booking at the next social at St Matthews Hall.

Alcohol and Health: “Walk briskly to the pub, drink your fill, and live longer!”   A study published in ‘British Journal of Sports Medicine’ found that, “150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week….counteracts the biological disease pathways of high alcohol intake”. Results showed that people over 40 who did regular physical activity and drank  ”between recommended and harmful levels”, had a reduced risk of death from all causes associated with alcohol. In some cases, the exercise even appeared to cancel out the risk completely.

Try a Pisner – Danish brewery Norrebro Bryghus has released a beer called Pisner; copy writers worldwide wrote it was made from 54,000 litres of urine collected during Northern Europe’s largest music festival held at Roskilde near Copenhagen. Read behind the sensationalist headlines and we find the ‘beercycling’ exercise involved irrigating fields of barley, and brewing with the resulting 11 tonnes of malt. I tried this on my beans and they all died!

Koffee Pot – a café bar in Manchester is starting a “lager and Lego” night aimed at adult fans of everyone’s favourite interlocking system. A spokesperson said they were “trying to build up custom”.

Slimy Spanish Slug invasion – the 6 inch long slug Arion vulgaris, recently arrived from Spain, is resistant to slug pellets and can eat up to 20 before it dies. Drowning the gastropods in beer could be the only way of stopping them before they outbreed our native species. Predators will not eat them as they produce more slime than British slugs. No information yet on whether they prefer Mild or Bitter, but being Spanish they probably go for lager.

Brewery News

Backyard Brewery – Brewery tap still open on Fridays

Beowulf  - To celebrate 20 years of brewing Phil Bennett is having open days on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, 12.30 till 5pm both days. His beers will be available later between 5.30 and 10.30pm at the Chasewater Sailing Club. He also wants to brew a new dark beer at some stage.

AJ’s  - concentrating on his craft bottled beers, which are selling well, but Dukey’s Delight’ was so well received that he is brewing it again sooner rather than later. He also wants to brew a strong malty ale for the Winter rather like ‘Old Ale’, at something between 6%  and 7%. There will be 2 more Open Days before Christmas (watch this space).

Dates for your Diary:. Cannock Beer Festival : 21st-23rd Sept. Walsall CAMRA AGM, ‘Pretty Bricks’ : 2nd Oct. Aston Manor Transport Museum Beerfest : 14th-15th Oct. Birmingham Beer Festival: 26th-28th Oct. Great Western Beerfest : 9th-12th Nov. Dudley Beer Festival : 23rd-25th Nov.

And finally, Aynuk and Ayli had fallen out and hadn’t spoken to each other for nigh on a month, when one day, Aynuk sees Ayli walking towards him on the other side of the road. Being the more forgiving, he calls out, ”Is that yo, Ayli ?” A voice comes back, “No, it ay !” Aynuk says, “Well bugger yer then - this ay me neither.”


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