1. He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato
2. They who drink beer will think beer. Washington Irving
3. I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. Abraham Lincoln
4. I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
5. For a quart of Ale is a meal for a King. William Shakespeare
6. Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented. G.K. Chesterton
7. A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure. Czech Proverb
8. Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer. Henry Lawson
9. Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin
10. There are more old drunks than there are old doctors. Willie Nelson
11. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder. Kinky Friedman
12. Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think. A.E. Houseman
13. You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. Frank Zappa
14. 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? Stephen Wright
15. The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer. Egyptian Proverb
16. Drinking beer doesn't make you fat, it makes you lean...Against bars, tables, chairs, and poles. Gerard Way
17. If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs. David Daye
18. Beer is food. Liquid food, like soup. Jarod Kintz
19. Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer! Martin Luther
20. I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer. Homer Simpson
Each year between 1,000 - 1,500 new pubs gain the Cask Marque Award, so why not go somewhere you haven't been before and pop in for a great pint while you are there. Oh, and be sure to tell the pub where you found them!
Below are those new pubs from January and February 2014. They are sorted in postcode order.
In an evening designed to span political divisions, Dea Latis, the industry’s beer and women forum, this week hosted the first-ever beer tasting designed for women MPs at the House of Commons.
A lively crowd of over 50 women (and some brave men) were guests of Charlotte Leslie MP, Meg Hillier MP and Jenny Willot MP who sponsored the event. The group were tasted six beers from around the country with food selected to match each beer style, ably guided by Cask Marque's beer sommelier Annabel Smith.
In her introductory speech, Charlotte Leslie suggested that women had the power to re-shape UK drinking habits and that it would be driven by “food and family” – demonstrated earlier by the arrival of Jenny Willott with her two small children to the event.
In her address, Brigid Simmonds, the first female chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, reminded guests that 22% of people taking brewing qualifications were now women. Then Inge Plochaet, chief executive of AB InBev ,highlighted some research which showed only 12% of women in the UK drank beer and that this could be as high as other beer drinking nations such as the US and Belgium where rates are around 25%. She urged brewers to rethink their communication strategies to be more inclusive of female drinkers. Sara Barton, founder of Brewsters Brewery and current Guild of Beer Writers’ Brewer of the Year, ended speeches with her thoughts on how women brewers had brought innovation and diversity to UK brewing.
Speeches over and barring a short interruption while MPs dashed to vote, the room was filled with lots of chatter and appreciative noises for each of the beer and food combinations, which were:
Adnam’s Ghost Ship 4.5%
Southwold, Suffolk served with Mini Cones of Fish and Chips
Butcombe Adam Henson’s Rare Breed 4.2%
Wrington, Bristol served with Chicken Teriyaki bites with Coriander Yoghurt
Marstons Pedigree 4.5%
Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire served with Vegetable Samosas
Brains Bragging Rights 5%
Cardiff, South Wales served with Mini Welsh Rarebit with Green Peppercorns and Mustard
Jennings Snecklifter 5.1%
Cockermouth, Cumbria served with Baby Cumberland Sausage with Wholegrain Mustard Mayonnaise
Ilkley Holy Cow Cranberry Milk Stout 4.7%
Ilkley, West Yorkshire served with Mini Roast Beef in Yorkshire Pudding with Horseradish Cream
Pictured are Charlotte Leslie MP (Bristol North West), Annabel Smith (Cask Marque) and Meg Hillier MP (Shoreditch)
These are the pubs which have received the most scans in the World's Biggest Ale Trail as of 10th June 2013