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September 25, 2004

Boddingtons Brewery

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"If they pull out of Manchester, the brand will die. It won't be the Cream of Manchester, it will become the sour grapes of South Wales."

I had resigned myself to living without Boddington's down to my decision to leave Manchester but could at least cherish the thought of the real thing being enjoyed by my friends. Now a... monstrous... decision to close Boddingtons Brewery means they will be left with the same insipid simulation that even I, in my colonial exile, could buy in a can. This is the best bitter on earth and it is being murdered.

Dear Interbrew,

I write to express my dismay at the possibility your company will close the Boddingtons Brewery. Please know that should you do so I will never buy any of your products again.

For the rest of my life.

I will also do my level best to explain my decision to anyone I see consuming any of your products and convince them to join me.

For the rest of my life.

If your company cannot act as responsible guardians of this centuries old brand you should sell the brewery to someone who can. To do anything else cannot be forgiven.

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Not that giving up Stella Artois is a great loss. Yates on the States is leading the way. (via Gen X at 40, with thanks).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2004 09:19 AM

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They didn't know who they were messing with.

PS - please forgive me. I bought three Leffe Browns between my post and yours.

Posted by: Alan at September 25, 2004 01:22 PM

My weekend beverage purchase was a six of Dragon Stout so I am on safe ground. I think it would be great to cook with... suggestions would be much appreciated.

Posted by: Flea at September 25, 2004 01:37 PM

I just noticed the gentleman I linked to in that last comment takes his Guiness cold. I shudder at the thought.

Posted by: Flea at September 25, 2004 01:40 PM

They apparently brew two Guinnesses for UK pubs now - one for 40 F and another the traditional for, say, 55 F. I have not seen the Dragon stout recently. Have you tried the Trinidadian Lion Stout? I quite like that but had to learn its strength the hard way before a five hour dirve home the next day.

Posted by: Alan at September 25, 2004 05:25 PM

I don't know why I wrote Lion other than that is what is on the label of Royal!

Posted by: Alan at September 25, 2004 05:25 PM

I haven't tried the Trinidadian stuff though I am enjoying a bottle of the Dragon Stout as my roast is roasting!

I am after trying Fuller's London Porter. Have you given that a go?

Posted by: Flea at September 25, 2004 05:33 PM

Boddingtons is crap beer anyway there are far better beers we need to save first.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 25, 2004 06:33 PM

The London Porter is great. I reviwed it here: http://www.genx40.com/archives/2004/september/assorteddarks

There is another porter floating around the LCBO here that I had one of last night, Nethergate Old Growler [see http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=3501]. Warning, however, as it is one of the true to form Porters that tries to emulate the original - high in hops and less lush than the Fullers. Burton Bridge Porter [http://www.midlandspubs.co.uk/burtonbridge/regularbeers.htm#PORTER] is so highly hopped and light on the crystal malt that it is almost unpleasant...almost.

Posted by: Alan at September 25, 2004 06:42 PM

So, the Boddington's I enjoyed so much in Ontario is dreck compared to the genuine article?

Posted by: Rue at September 26, 2004 03:10 PM

Like night and day I am sorry to say!

Posted by: Flea at September 26, 2004 03:51 PM

Shame about Boddington's, but I'm not giving up Hoegaarden until they pry my cold, dead,(or comatose) fingers off the bottle.

Posted by: Man Mountain Molehill at September 26, 2004 04:07 PM

Damn, Nick..I have to give up the Leffe Abbey Blonde? That's harsh, dude. Since its for you, I'll do it.

Posted by: Dr_Funk at September 26, 2004 11:34 PM

Those Interbrew bastards sure have been invasive.

Posted by: Alan at September 27, 2004 09:25 PM

I absolutely LOVE Boddington's, but live in Florida and no-one carries Boddington anymore. Can someone tell me where to purchase or how?

Posted by: Jo Ann at October 1, 2004 12:58 PM

Jo Ann: my point is that if you have never had Boddington's from the cask then you have never had Boddington's.

Posted by: Flea at October 1, 2004 06:23 PM

The can is so far from the pure, I once brewed a batch of yorkshire bitter with way too much irish moss (clarifying seaweed) and was astonished to find the quite wrong ale was reminicent of Boddingtons in the can. Salty and fishy. Mmmm.

Posted by: Alan at October 2, 2004 11:45 AM

Can all of you people help to save Boddingtons brewery in Manchester? It is a profitable brewery and there is no reason to sell it apart from the greed of Interbrew. They want to develop the site. So 55 people will lose their jobs and Manchester will lose a part of it's heritage. Please sign the petition on www.savethecream.co.uk Incidentally, CAMRA are supporting the campaign and they think Boddingtons is good enough to fight for! Please help!

Posted by: Nikki at November 4, 2004 09:29 PM

A I Dodge says Bridge Porter is almost undrinkable - I don't find this. Did you know that the Bridge Brewery is about 200yards from what was is said to be the original Boddingtons Brewery on the Burton Bridge itself.

Posted by: Maurice at November 16, 2004 05:56 AM

I said unpleasant not undrinkable. I have read other reviews that also found it sharp but suggested these might be bad bottles. Any truth?

Posted by: Alan at November 16, 2004 12:28 PM