Archive for the ‘Pub Paper’ Category

I do like it when big companies try to get their own way and promptly find themselves poking their own eyes out.  Heineken have been supplying Wetherspoons pubs for 35 years with a contract worth £60,000,000 a year in revenue.  Wetherspoons have 925 pubs in the UK and 2 pubs in Ireland, and it is […]

Pubpaper 788 – New Pubs, Old Pubs, Closed Pubs

Posted: 3rd December 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

Recently, myself, friends and extended family visited the Huddersfield Festival of Light in Georges Square.  A light show to entertain the children, the adults having a few drinks outside while they were kept entertained, a nice plan.  Except somebody decided to put all the food and drink vendors in the same narrow corridor, meaning queues […]

Pubpaper 787 – Two years at the Cross Keys

Posted: 1st December 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

What do you call an empty shell of a pub, a few tables and chairs, a cellar which needs totally re-equipping and a bar with an solitary ale pump.  25 months ago you would have called it the Cross Keys in Siddal.   What is now one of the best known ale houses in the Calderdale […]

Last week in parliament, the crucial vote on whether pub companies with more than 500 pubs and at least one tenanted or leased site would be forced to offer a Market Rent Only (MRO) option, took place.  As it stands tied pubs are forced to buy beer at inflated prices from the pub company as […]

Pubpaper 784 – The real reason for the local pub!

Posted: 9th November 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

The local pub is important, along with the local shop, chippie, post office and takeaway, it’s what differentiates a housing estate from a village.  There are places where people can meet and interact as part of day to day life, they give people a reason to stay in the local area and the create networks […]

My “most hated brewery” of all time, Greene King (frankly I’d rather go dry than drink most of their beer), who also manage 1900 of the country’s pubs and bars have had a takeover offer of £774 million accepted by the board of the Spirit Pub Company, the managed pub company spun off from Punch […]

Pubpaper 782 – The Local Pub Scene – Brighouse

Posted: 30th October 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

Brighouse is not a big town by any scale of the imagination, you can walk through its centre in about five minutes, but where it does punch above its weight is when it comes to pubs.  Taking in the wider area to the Beck and Red Rooster, the town quite frankly has some great places […]

I was searching for beer related news this week when up popped the headline “Balanced San Miguel Beer opens with win over Rain or Shine”, a slightly surreal combination of words. On further investigation it appears in the Phillipine Basketball League there are two teams, one called “San Miguel Beermen”, the other “Rain or Shine […]

Pubpaper 780 – The Trouble with Punch

Posted: 19th October 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

When we talk about the large pub companies, one of two always get mentioned, Enterprise Inns or Punch Taverns.   The latter has just its it debt restructuring proposals approved this week, so this week I shall discuss them further, following on from last weeks mention. Punch Taverns, which deals with leased and tenanted pubs was […]

Pubpaper 779 – Label Perfection and Punch Troubles

Posted: 9th October 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing
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I’ll open this weeks column with some news from the World Beer Awards 2014.   Every year over 1000 beers are entered for consideration from over 60 countries in 9 categories, with 7 for distinct beer styles, an overall winner and best beer label.   I’m delighted that one of my favourite beers, Great Heck Black Jesus, […]