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Sam Smiths - the dotty auntie of brewing
The increasingly eccentric Sam Smiths brewery has been accused of banning bikers. This follows its  announcement in April that swearing is banned in all its pubs. A biker rolled up at The Royal Oak at Ulley, near Rotherham, and was told he would no longer b...

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Open house at the Grasshopper
With the Open Golf coming to Southport, Birkdale to be precise, the Grasshopper in Hillside tells me that they are putting on 'The Open mic night' which will very loosely have a golf theme. It will an acoustic-only evening to celebrate the Open without the ...

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Elvis 1 - Brewdog 0
The King of Rock & Roll I see that the increasingly risible owners of Brewdog have come unstuck with the name of one of their beers, Elvis Juice. The estate of Elvis Presley had objected as they did not want anyone to assume that the beer had been endorsed ...

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Hearing the flavour
Karaoke - my own bête noire I read in the  Morning Advertiser  that a neuroscientist has demonstrated that music can alter the way we taste. Experimenting with food, he discovered that a change in music, such as pitch, tempo, volume or instrumental, alters ...

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Lion song session
A detail in one of the Lion's windows  Just a reminder that the Lion singarounds - acoustic song sessions with no PA - have begun again and are now on the second Tuesday of each month and not the Thursday as before, beginning at around 8.30 pm. The Lion sur...

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Lager than life
A recent survey by the  There’s A Beer For That  campaign has shown that 45% of consumers prefer to drink lager than any other drink, and that 60% had only ever tried up to five different styles of beer, despite the massive range that is currently available...

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Keeping mum costs money
In February I wrote a piece called  Tell people what you're up to , in which I complained about how poor some pubs were concerning publicity, losing themselves custom as a consequence; I mentioned pub beer festivals, but was writing generally. This followed...
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