A reader and benefactor writes:
As you're mainly responsible (via your warm beer page) for my conversion to Real Ale […], I wanted to make sure this didn't escape you (pretty much reinforces your observations on the history of lager in the UK of course).
Yes, it would appear that the great British public has finally wised up to the cold, fizzy piss that the major breweries have been foisting on it for years: gorilla's is how one friend of mine describes it (placing it one rung up the ladder from gnat's).
According to the article:
The [UK] breweries liked lager because it could be served from bottles and cans easier than traditional British ale. But they were worried that the British drinker could not consume the stronger beer in the large volumes they were used to [i.e. drinking the generally weaker, but tastier English ale] - and the breweries needed to keep their profits up. So the first lagers created for the UK market were watered down versions of their continental cousins, brewed for a shorter period of time and, therefore, with less flavour.
So now all the British lager drinkers are migrating to stronger, continental-strength lager, but still drinking the same volumes: the lager lout is born! What a pity more of them don't see the light and, like my correspondent, return to a more British (and tastier) way of drinking.
Hey, did I really help convert someone to the cause? How cool is that? (Around 12°C, I hope.)