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Who remembers Watneys bitter?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Mackeson was recommended for nursing mothers well into my lifetime.
    Thanks, don't mind if I do!
  2. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Used to be one of my favourites but it went from something like 5.2% to 4.5% which was acceptable but a big drop in taste and quality, then it went to 3.6% ish, I think and I've never tried it since.

    I used to go past the Ruddles brewery in Rutland on my way to visit my parents it was a welcome half-way landmark, they got bought out by Greene King and went to ****.
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  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    On the matter of slogans, I rather liked the one from the Mexican brewery "The beer that made Millwaukee jealous."
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A slogan I can remember was "Beer at home means...

    "..Davenports" who did home deliveries.

    My Dad always told me the slogan's real ending was "..Mum's gone out."
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  5. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    The best pint I remember was Newcastle Brown in their brewery. Far superior to any I got in a pub.
  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    When I was 20 my brother was at Uni in London. He took me on the Fullers Passport run. I know I did it because I've still got the t-shirt but I don't really remember much about that weekend apart from how I'd not enjoyed a pint so much (London Pride) since I'd left Wales and could no longer get Brains.
  7. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Started my drinking in the 70s. I now realise just how sh!te the beer was then. Watneys Red Barrel, Brew XI, Ansells bitter. I recall Roy Hattersley (Home secretary)? making breweries swap pubs so that we got a better selection of beers so in Brum we got Courage and Whitbread pubs to supplement the Ansells and M&B. The pick of the bunch was probably Double Diamond (I still have a DD branded pint glass that I use) If you were lucky you might live near a Davenports boozer. Their beers were generally better but still pretty poor by today's real ale standards. It was during the 70s we had the lager boom where suddenly every pub had a lager tap installed. Pretty flavourless muck in the main (like mainstream lager today). IIRC the pub I did most of my drinking in had a brand called Lamot which was supposedly from Belgium. I was a member of the Communist party at this time and they had a club in Birmingham. They had Watneys Red Barrel on the bar. Oh how we laughed!
  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Opening these 7 pint bumpers at parties usually meant a pint or so ending up on the kitchen ceiling!
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  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Have to agree. I recall first time in the US in the late 90s. All you could get was Bud, Bud lite, Coors, Coors lite. Now a trip to the US is a beer drinker's delight. British pubs are also stocking some American brews. Shipyard IPA is a decent pint (We visited the brewery in Boston MA) even though it is brewed over here likewise Goose Island (even though Bud bought the indy brewer out) (The Genting Casino in Coventry has it on draught as does the Coombe Abbey hotel). If you find a pub with Lagunitas on draft then give it a whirl. The Craft Inn chain do an imported beer called Half Acre from Chicago. I can heartily recommend it.
    A couple of years ago we found ourselves in a sports bar in Branson Missouri. Unfortunately although we could watch the Stanley Cup finals on the big screens their beer selection was dire. Luckily, right at the end of the bar they had an Old Speckled Hen tap!!
  11. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Gosh, Double Diamond, I'd never have recalled it and I can't think I'd recognise the taste, despite putting a good few away!

    I think I'd recognise an original Red Grenade though, despite not tasting one for many years

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  12. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

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  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Whitbread bought Fremlins which at one time was the largest brewer in Kent.

    There's an interesting story about Fremlins in that Ralph Fremlin bought a brewery in Maidstone which owned about ten pubs, but he didn't approve of people drinking in pubs, so he sold the pubs and concentrated on bottled beer, which they delivered to their homes. He believed that if people drank at home, they would be more moderate with the amount they drank.

    He refused to let pubs buy his beer. His workers had to attend bible classes and among the beers was National Temperance Ale. The company did OK, but after he died, the family had a rethink and decided they'd be better off if they supplied pubs, then went on to acquire some 800 pubs of their own.

    The brewery frontage looked like this.


    The site became a shopping mall called Fremlin Walk and now looks like this.


    It's interesting that they completely redeveloped the site beyond the original frontage, but retained the original facade and name, presumably as a tribute to the importance the bewery had in Maidsone's history, but you won't find many under 70 who remember Fremlins beer.
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  14. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Sure has. You're spoiled for choice now.

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