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The Independent - A second rate rag staffed by lazy hacks who take HM Govt spin on beer evils as fact.

Failing dead tree press member, 'The Independent' has criticised the current Champion Beer of Wales, Otley O8, for encouraging binge drinking and calling it an 'extreme beer'. Brew Dog Brewery was also criticised, along with Dark Star and Thornbridge Breweries . The full article can be read here

Let me take this bit of Gordon Brown style drivel that the Indy hacks were far to lazy to investigate. First off they make a point of the fact they are 12%! Oh the horror, then point out wrongly that its aimed at larger guzzling twentysomethings. Well no, they are aimed at real ale drinkers, who know the product and who drink responsibly.
The new breed of bitters, with their intense flavours and alcohol contents of up to 12 per cent, are the work of young brewing entrepreneurs trying capture the attention – and cash – of lager-guzzling twentysomethings.
Now events this week have proved that the national newspapers take their orders and even articles from the Government, so was this anti-beer post instigated by the teetotal one-eyed Prime Mentalist whosepolicies are closing 39 pubs a week? Or by one of his lackies in the Downing Street Bunker?

A quote from the fake charity Alcohol Concern, who are funded by the Government, is also included in the biased "Independent" article.

The sheep paper gives over to the state funded health nazi's with this:
But alcohol campaigners have complained that drinkers may be unaware of the strength of the new products, a single 330ml bottle of which is enough to make an adult exceed their daily recommended alcohol intake.
Not true at all, the strengths are all labeled on the bottles, same with handpumps. Also as I have mentioned before the so called units are based on ficgures plucked out of the air, something that the lazzy hacks at the Indy could have found with a 2 second internet search. Nice chap that I am I have done their work for them here(cheque please Indy!)
Guidelines on safe alcohol consumption limits that have shaped health policy in Britain for 20 years were “plucked out of the air” as an “intelligent guess”.

The Times reveals today that the recommended weekly drinking limits of 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 for women, first introduced in 1987 and still in use today, had no firm scientific basis whatsoever.

Subsequent studies found evidence which suggested that the safety limits should be raised, but they were ignored by a succession of health ministers.
Again they quote the Portman group a state run quango of jobsworths more obcessed with suckling HM Govt tax teat than supporting the trade it claims to represent.

Last paragraph from the Indy was given over to common sense:

BrewDog's head brewer, Martin Dickie, denied encouraging irresponsible drinking, pointing out that some of his bottles cost £4 each. "There's no way someone can drink 20 a night. It's probably the least economic way of buying alcohol. You can get a bottle of vodka for £5."

His products were meant to be enjoyed by friends in their own homes, he added. "You can sit down with two or three friends and open two or three bottles. It's much more relaxed and you are able to savour the beer."

Pete Brown takes the article apart in an excellent rebuttal here

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Conan the Librarian™ said...

Thankfuck for folk like you.

I'm usually too pissed to say fuck all.

Fidothedog said...

Always a pleasure to rip the Indy a new one.