Winter Newsletter 2020
The next FoHB social will be held as soon as Government restrictions allow, and the committee are completely satisfied that it is safe to do so. This means that unfortunately it will be well into next year sometime, depending on the efficacy of vaccinations around the world. To go on the waiting list for Mars, contact NASA, Houston, USA, but to go on one of our trips in 2021, watch this space! Dan is keen to book a coach to somewhere (anywhere) as soon as restrictions allow.
Obituary: Sadly, our friend and benefactor Ken Towe, of the Lyndon House Hotel
passed away on Friday 20th November from a Covid related illness. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife Maggie, and to the wider family.
Barrel names: ‘Firkin’ from the Dutch ‘vierdekijn’ meaning ‘fourth’ as it’s a quarter of a barrel in volume (9 galls). You might be forgiven for thinking that it therefore contains 72 pints, but according to Wikipedia, it only contains ‘66 consumable pints’ – the rest is sediment, finings, *beer stone, hops, protein and ullage (pre-
** Pub Quiz poser: Which artist was called Little Barrel ?
Those canny Scots have voted to bring in a 20p deposit return scheme (DRS) for single use drinks containers from 500ml to 3 Litres. The deposit can be redeemed when the container is returned to the retailer, over the counter, or by using a reverse vending machine. The industry will pay a 6p admin charge as well, but who will pay for all the busted-
Bet you missed it? International Beer Day was on August 7th, the first Friday in the month. This annual event was created in 2008 “as a Global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers to raise a toast to our brewers and rejoice in the greatness of beer.”
Beer to get calorie labels: those people from the land of steady habits have gone on an anti-
If you are wondering where my source of Brewery articles comes from, the answer is that I get most of them from The Brewery History Society newsletter; which is edited by Roger Putnam, an author of renown who does not mind if I nick his well-