Their ads when I first bought a pint of beer had the slogan "Wot we want is Watneys!" I can remember ordering a pint of Red Barrel at the age of 16 and knowing no difference, thought it was what beer was supposed to be like. It was some three years later before I had my first taste of real ale and I have to confess it was something I didn't immediately take to, but now would have nothing else. For whatever reason, the Campaign for Real Ale picked on Watneys as being the worst example of keg beer and after a time, the brand went under, but most keg beers were similar and didn't get the same abuse. My personal venture into real ale only came about because the band I was in were able to get regular gigs in a pub where CAMRA hang out. An oasis in central London where every beer fanatitic and weido would flock to. For all I know, I might have had Nigel Farage bump into the table we put our beer on and knock a pint of mine over when he was drunk and leading the audience in a chorus of the Irish Rover. It was quite a raucous place in that sense, but never a threatening atmosphere. I was reflecting that thank goodness we can get proper beer in most pubs now, but before I had the chance to try it, Watneys didn't seem too bad and nobody other than CAMRA was complaining about it, so maybe it wasn't as bad as they made out after all? Like everything though, we all have our own tastes. Lager will be last on my list of beer choices, but for others it's their first choice, so I wondered whether there are those among who lament the demise of the Watneys brewery and are able to say why.