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I managed not to take a photo yesterday while in the pub with my other half, when I could have brought you a lovely pint of best British bitter. Today, all you get is the outside of a pub, one of many near me which are owned by Young's Brewery, of Wandsworth.* Young's make a fair few different types of proper beer, but their ordinary is just Bitter. As it should be.

Bitter is different to pilsner/lager beers in not being cold fermented, which is what most modern beer is, though that's a very recent development given how old beer brewing is. Bitter is ancient, authentic, fascinating and full of regional variations all over Europe. I do wish I liked the taste...

*(Actually not any longer, as the Young family ran out of willing heirs a few years ago and sold it to a Bedford brewer, Wells, who sadly closed the massive brewery in Wandsworth. But the name and range of beers very much goes on.)


Great minds think alike - I have just been wandering around with my camera looking for a bottle of good bitter to take a picture of - only to discover that many of my favourites don't actually have the word 'bitter' on the bottle.

Wait till you see what I ended up with - it is quite embarrassing!

Edited for the stupid...

Edited at 2012-04-21 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well, it was this or some angosturas! But I didn't happen to have any handy with a camera to hand.

I'm on the edge of my seat!
Very pretty sign. And I LOL'ed at how you and curiouswombat had the same basic idea but took very different pictures. I love the variety in this comm.
Me too! Though I'm afraid if you say 'bitter' at an English person, this is what they will think, pretty much guaranteed.
It's sad when family businesses fall by the wayside. I imagine that will happen more and more now that families don't have numbers of children.
Yes, but Young's had a good run, and decided to sell up to a brewer they respected rather than simply turning it into a shareholder-led business. So it could be much worse in this case.