Monday, 8 November 2010

Meet The Brewer

J D Wetherspoon’s The Counting House in Glasgow is hosting a ‘Meet The Brewer’ event this Wednesday from 17.30 to 20.30. The brewery is Houston from just outside Glasgow. Their beer is pretty good but I don't tend to buy it because they choose to send it out into the free trade with names and artwork like these:

Looks like a good opportunity to let them know what you think of their tacky and sexist marketing.


  1. Can't speak for anyone else, of course, but when I've seen Top Totty guesting I've been too embarrassed to ask for it.

    As if the sexism weren't bad enough, one of those fonts looks suspiciously like Comic Sans.

  2. Woohoo! A rare opportunity to give the old PC Brigadier's uniform an airing.

    Good luck soldier: they don't like it up 'em (which is, coincidentally, the name of a forthcoming Houston beer).

  3. I don't see it as anything more than seaside postcard humour. Doesn't do any harm and it will become funnier the more pints consumed. Then again i still enjoy reading back issues of the viz and i vote Tory so my judgement can't be trusted. :)

  4. Well, that's exactly it. They're not funny, they're not sexy, they go out of their way to reinforce the worst stereotypes about real ale drinking, their design is hideous, and they make the prospect of ordering the only decent beer in many Glasgow pubs deeply embarrassing.

    I'm just waiting until they finally release Paedoph-Ale.

  5. The Beer Monkey and I went along and met the brewer Carl Wengel. He's a nice guy and the firkin of gravity-dispensed Killellan he had with him was very nice indeed. No one is saying he's a hardened misogynist. We made the points that the pumpclips put us and our friends and partners off drinking his beer and that they're damaging to the whole real ale sector because people associate real ale with those beers called "Sheep Shagger" and "Dog's Bollocks" that you're embarrassed to be seen ordering. He listened to us, at least.