In 2010, these are some of the things I would like to see happen:
- More pubs take advantage of their off-licences to sell take-away draught beer, but not take the piss by charging the same as in the bar. I don't know if the arithmetic works out over here, but the very traditional brewpubs in Germany manage to do this.
- Upturn in cask beer sales leading to a revival in cellarmanship, leading to beer being served in better condition in more pubs.
- Our favourite canine brewers get enough cash together to build their new brewery and convince the sceptical that it really is all about the beer.
- More of the great English beers making it north of the border … Thornbridge, Adnams, Marble in Scotland ... even pubs ordering a Fuller's beer other than bloody London Pride would be nice. Heck, I'd even drink Greene King XX if I ever saw it instead of Abbot.
- Stupid bye-laws against public drinking be repealed, or at least universally ignored.
- Bams who can't take responsibility for how much alcohol they pour down their own necks to be held in contempt. They give all alcohol a bad name.
- Neo-prohibitionists ditto.
- Better retail outlets, making more of an effort to stock a wider range of local beers.
- Something to be done to stop Charlie Papazian and Roger Protz writing nonsense about beer.
- The welcome increase of market share for good beer to continue
It seems to me that the pace of change in the beer scene even in the allegedly conservative UK is increasing and that there are changes in store for us in the next few years beyond what any of us imagine now. It's going to be a fun year.