I was in you country, near King’s Lynn working and living for four months in the summer of 1975. I had a great time. Both the culture of beer and pubs in the countryside was so different from North America, but judging from the discussions of the time, 1975 was clearly a time of transition as well. Which brings me to the several questions I have as follows.
Do you still get bitter ale served at room temperature?. My favourite was Norwich Bitter.
Do you get your lager served refridgerated? By 1975, the big breweries had introduced lager, without refridgeration, yuck, and publicans were losing half the beer on pouring in order to provide the full measure.
** Are there still people who swear that top pressure affects the taste of beer?**
** Have the British accepted the white line as the full measure?** In 1975 a lot of guys still demanded their ale to be brought up to the rim.
Are pubs still shut down in the afternoon? The guys I knew had a weekly program of market days in various villages in order to get around that restriction.
** What does a pint cost now?** In 1975, I paid 19 p for a pint. When I got back to Canada, a pint cost $1.00Cdn. The exchange wa s roughly 2to1, so you could say a Canadian beer cost 50 p. Now, a pint costs $4.00Cdn
Are the pubs still as friendly?. Of course I’m talking about the pubs in the towns. Everywhere I went except London, people struck up friendly conversation with me. I’m sure that everyone in Sutton Bridge knew me, and I felt quite secure in striking up a conversation with anyone in the pub. IMHO, it takes a lot more effort for a stranger to get to know people in North America.