Spring Newsletter 2023 continued
Kirin’s Lion has sold its UK craft business to newly formed Odyssey Inns. Fourpure and Magic Rock breweries are involved as well as taprooms in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, and the Little Creatures venue at Kings Cross in London. No price was released and meanwhile Lion will concentrate on the apparently more lucrative craft market in the USA with Bells and New Belgium.
According to the Mirror, West Ham boasts the dubious honour of having the most expensive pint at any Premier League stadium in 2022. Its bars are currently charging £7.60 for either Heineken or Birra Moretti, with a more budget option coming in the form of Amstel at £7.30 which is still more expensive than any other Premier League stadium. The cheapest beer can be found at Old Trafford (£3). Racegoers at Cheltenham are not happy paying £7.50 for Guinness in paper cups either.
AJ’s in Long Acre St. reports that due to the parlous times he is opening the brewery tap on more occasions now just to keep the business viable, so look for openings in the middle of the month as well as his usual ‘last Saturday in the month’.
Beowulf owner/brewer Joe Dash states that the brewery is still producing its usual brews, and he has delivered some to the ‘Fountain’. He also has T-
New Invention Brewery has just held a very successful Stout Festival, and still has a couple left which will get drunk over the next few weeks. They are brewing 4 cask beers for the trade and will have 2 on handpull in the taproom. Look out for ‘Eternal Sunshine’ 4.2% (hopped with Citra).
Obituary: Our long time member Malcolm Parsons passed away in January after a short illness. His wife died 2 years ago, and he was 93. He always used to come to socials and trips with Vernon Fisher and Peter Barnett.
Dates for your Diary: AJ’s Tap open days, 25th Feb; 25th March. Heddins Ford Beer Festival 23– 26th February (69 Market St. Hednesford). Halifax trip 15th April.
And finally: Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.