Archive for February, 2011

Researching drink in Cornwall

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We have had the following request – do please get in touch if you have a related interest. Jeff

Some members of our History group are starting research into the general topic of ‘Drink’ in Cornwall.

I have found some articles from your journal, which I have ordered from the Library, and am also buying the history of the St Austell Brewery, but I should very much like to get in touch with any member/s of the Society who may live in Cornwall, or be engaged in Cornish research themselves.

Your help would be appreciated

Dawn Walker, Secretary

Penwith Local History Group (Penzance)

swalker804 AT

Shipwrecked beer

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

We have been sent the following note concerning beer found on an early 19c shipwreck:

Hi Jeff – I just found this article

All about a shipwreck from 1800 – 1830 discovered last year near Sweden in the Baltic and the 145 bottles of champagne that they’re trying to bring to the surface, of which one turned out to be a bottle of beer!

BBC Radio 4 – The Food Programme. MALT

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

My thanks to Sue Bell for sending the following:

Sunday lunchtime listening was excellent today.
“Sheila Dillon investigates the role malt plays in our drinks and diet. Malt has been around for millennia and is a natural ingredient in many but many people won’t realise how ubiquitous it is. As well as being the foundation of beer and whisky, its flavour and richness makes it a favourite for uses in bakery, breakfast cereals and confectionary as well as being an important export for the country. Sheila talks to a distiller, a baker and a brewer about malt’s remarkable properties and visits a traditional maltster to find out how malt is made.”

Robin Appell at Warminster Maltings and ‘The MeanTime Brewery’ provided star turns.

The programme is to be repeated tomorrow afternoon. Monday 28th February, 16.00hrs. Radio 4. NB – There will also be a podcast available on the BBC Radio 4 web site

The Last Drop: England’s Surviving Brewery Heritage

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Reminder -only 2 weeks to go

A Day Conference at Burton-upon-Trent on Saturday 12 March 2011

Presented by the Brewery History Society and English Heritage

See for full details, or email:

Meantime Brewery on the BBC

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The following link to a BBC item available on the web has been sent to me

The associated description is as follows:

Master brewer Alastair Hook aims to put traditionally brewed beers at the heart of our drinking culture.

He’s at the forefront of a liquid revolution.

We go behind the scenes of his micro brewery in Greenwich and look at its history.

Tim Fitzhigham also discovers how an ancient beer recipe is being given a modern twist.