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Beer FAQs

Here an expert in modern beer delivery systems answers some classically asked questions within the domain of beer production, delivery and consumption. What is ale and how does it differ from beer? Ale is a form of beer.  Beer is a collective term used to describe a range of beverages that contain alcohol and which are produced via brewing. Ale is one of the oldest or perhaps THE oldest form of beer.  Its origins go back many thousands of years....

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Hops and Beer

Whenever anyone mentions brewing beer, often the thought of “hops” follows on. Yet many Australians are not entirely clear what hops are or what purpose they serve in beer production. Hops In the middle ages, beers were made with a variety of secondary ingredients added (often weeds and herbs), designed to add flavour and help preserve the final product.  Some of the ingredients back then were “rough” to say the least and many today might be considered to be harmful!...

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Where do Pub Signs Come From?

As most Australian tradition in this area has its origin in the UK, we’ll concentrate on the history there. Seriously old pubs In the UK and notably in England, many pubs have an ancient history. Various pubs argue between themselves over which can be called the oldest in the country but it’s generally accepted that some are over 800 years old.  That’s direct verifiable history because some are reputed to stand on the site of earlier Anglo-Saxon alehouses which might...

Can you Overdo the “Theme” of a Bar?

Themed pubs and bars have been with us for a long time now. There are many alive today who can remember the days before the themed bar and when they first started to be developed many veterans of pub life viewed them with grave suspicion. Originally, it’s probably fair to say that a themed bar was seen as something of a novelty and gimmick.  Sometimes an individual establishment would change its theme several times within a few years in an...

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Lockout Laws, Licensing and the 21st Century

Many Aussies who have travelled abroad wonder why it is that restrictive licensing practices apply in parts of Australia which would be unthinkable in some other countries. The 1916 riots Many of us will have learned in school about the 1916 military riots in Sydney that are sometimes called “The Liverpool Beer Riots” or “The Battle of Central Station”. In case you missed that lesson, the said riots started when some soldiers became upset at the extension of the hours...

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What do you know about Tins / Cans of Beer?

In Australia, the “tinny / tinnie” has gone down into legend in terms of it being a source of beer and the most familiar face of beer dispensing systems (we’re using the term loosely there).. Across Oz, the word “tinny” wasn’t exclusively applied to canned beer.  It was and still is used to describe almost anything made of tin or aluminium although receptacles for food and drink are perhaps the most common example of the use of the word. The...

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Clocks, Pubs and Time Travel

Here is an interesting piece of trivia – and it’s nothing to do with beer tap installation or anything similar! Did you know that many pubs had clocks which were deliberately set 10 or 15 minutes fast? Drinking up time The law and practices varied a little depending on where you were in Australia but the basic principles here were copied from the UK way back. The problem was, as we have said in another blog, after 1916 pubs were...

Top Things to Avoid if you’d Like to Keep your Bar’s Clientele

There is plenty of advice out there relating to things you can do to make your bar or club more attractive to your customers. That’s all well and good – but let’s get down to brass tacks. There are also quite a few things you can do to put your customers off! So here are just a few of our top tips of things you should avoid like the plague if you want your business to continue to thrive. Don’t...

Beer – The Only Healthy Option

Now don’t worry, we’re not going to try and convince you here that beer can either make you look years younger than you are or that it offers the secret to immortality! We thought though we’d just like to say a few words about a little-known fact relating to beer and beer dispensing systems (essentially barrels and jugs) in the distant past. Back in medieval and early modern Europe, by and large, the water supplies in the bigger cities and...

Do you Know the Difference Between “Ale” and “Beer”?

Maybe you think that “ales” are those warm liquids drunk by Poms! If that’s the level of your understanding – then read on! Ales Ales are one of several different types of beer rather than the other way around. They’re amongst the oldest alcoholic beverages known to humankind and they may even by the first such beverage ever brewed. There’s always a slight risk of generalisation but ales are usually dark, fruity in taste (sometimes strong in taste too) and...

French Drinking Customs

From time to time, it’s interesting to consider how drinking customs may vary from one country to another. Let’s have a look below at some aspects of that in France. The bar In Britain, the world began with pubs. Their culture was pretty much transferred to Australia, meaning that for a long time, pubs were a place that mainly men went for a few drinks. By contrast, in much of France the street corner bar was always part of the...

When Did Pulled (Draught) Beer Appear?

This is another of our little diversions into the history and the eccentricities of beer. This covers the origin of draught beer but be warned, historians don’t always agree on who did what and when! So, this is our reading of lots of different views and an attempt to pull them together. It’s the English Historically, beer played a huge part in the lives of just about everyone in society. Nowhere was that truer than in “Ye Olde England” (which...

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Fruit Beers – What Do You Think?

While it’s true that many serious beer lovers and connoisseurs of beer dispensing systems will clutch their sides with laughter when the term “fruit beer” is mentioned, in fact, it’s a subject that’s worth taking seriously. Origin Nobody can really say where fruit beers came from or how long they have been around. They are most traditionally associated with Belgium and they have a verifiable history going back into the 18th century. In all probability, they predate that by a...

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