Archive for April, 2012

BHS to be mentioned on TV

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

A message from Ray Anderson. I look forward to seeing what he has to say.

I have it on good authority that a somewhat less distinguished brewing historian (than Peter Mathias, who we were talking about) will appear on TV this week. If you switch on your TV at the antisocial hour of 9.15 a.m. on Wednesday 2nd May and tune in to BBC1 you will be watching a programme called ‘Heir Hunters’. At some point in the show a familiar figure will appear rambling on about brewery history in a semi-coherent manner- with the BHS getting a mention. 



BBC : The Food Programme – The new Beer frontier

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

In the latest programme Dan Saladino finds out why America’s brewing scene is a growing influence on British beer.

This is available online, along with hundreds of others, a number of which are beer related



James Sumner’s talk, ‘’How should a chemist understand brewing?’ Beer and theory around 1800’

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

BHS member, James Sumner, gave a fascinating talk at the Royal Society a week ago and BHS Journal editor, Tim  Holt, has now sent the following-

Dear All,

James Sumner’s talk, ‘’How should a chemist understand brewing?’ Beer and theory around 1800’ can be found here



Dr TJP Holt
Senior Publishing Editor

BHS AGM Weekend

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

What a great series of events for the 40th BHS AGM weekend

My thanks to Chris Marchbanks and Ken Smith for all their efforts in making arrangements; All the Fullers team for the AGM on Friday, Professor and Mrs Peter Mathias for joining us as our special guests; all at Camden, Brodies and Twickenham for the additional brewery visits.

We rounded  the series off with a fascinating tour of North Kent looking at the brewery related remains still to be seen, led by Ken Smith

Talk – Brewers & Bankers

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

We have received the following information from BHS memebr, Alan Greenwood-

Alan Greenwood will be giving another talk on the Fascinating World of the 19th & 20th Century Brewer at the Hoop & Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4BL

7.00 pm on Monday May 14th.

The talk title is: Brewers & Bankers

The talk is open to all; admission is £3.00, offset by a 50p a pint discount off Real Ale to CAMRA members by Landlord Mike Stokes.

Reserve tickets from the Hoop & Grapes or from Alan Greenwood at

Good Pub, Good Beer, Good Talk, it’s a good evening

CAMRA Membership cards needed for beer discount or sign up on the evening. (Let us know if time is too early for you.)

Nearest stations: Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles)


Hoop & Grapes

Alan Greenwood

Pub Dig TV show

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

We have received the following message – I’m sure Rob wold love to hear from you woth any inspiraion-

Dear Jeff

I hope you don’t mind me writing again but we are hoping to make some more pub digs this summer and I am once again on the hunt for pubs steeped in archaeology.

The last series has proved a big success (and is now on Channel 5 at 8.00pm, Tuesdays).

We have found that the films worked well when the pub and the archaeology could be linked to significant events or periods of British History.

The last series looked at Roman St Albans, The Tudor Dockyards and the Spanish Armada, The civil war in Banbury and Smuggling in Sussex.

We are now keen to look at pubs that could provide a window into the following:

1)      Henry VIII and/or the Tudors and Dissolution of the Monasteries

2)      The Vikings and the Saxons

3)      The Industrial Revolution

4)      The War of the Roses

5)      The Norman Conquest

6)      The Jacobites/Judge Jefferies

7)      Scotland –ie battles between the Scots and the English/ Hadrian’s or Antonine Wall/Clan Wars/Glencoe

8)      Battles between the English and the Welsh/Offa’s Dyke

9)      Anything else!

Apologies for casting such a wide net but if you know of any pubs or experts in the field that I should be contacting about any of the above or if you know of any other pub/story that we should look at then please get back to me.

Thanks so much

Rob Neil