Beard Liberation Front
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HACKNEY PUB RETAINS BEARD FRIENDLY PUB OF THE YEAR TITLE
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the contest for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year has concluded with the Cock Tavern in central Hackney retaining the title by a beard length
However the result of the on-line poll saw a major new development with Brewery Taps- where drinkers socialise at the breweries themselves- coming second and third.
The winners in 2016 included the Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington, the Cock Tavern in central Hackney and the Bag of Nails in Bristol
Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap 2017
1 Cock Tavern, Hackney
2 Crafty Devil Beer Cellar, Cardiff
3 Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, for those predicting the decline of the beard or indeed the decline of craft beer the results of the 2017 Beard Friendly Pub of the Year poll show otherwise. With a high turn-out for the poll it’s clear that Hackney retains its place as the beer and beard capital of the UK but it’s now being pressed by places like Cardiff and Manchester
The criteria for the Award include:
Beard Friendly Pub: a pub that welcomes the hirsute and often has a significant number of hirsute customers, including but certainly not confined to those with designer or hipster beards .
Beard Friendly Ambience: a pub that may have fewer hirsute customers but is welcoming to the hirsute through bearded bar staff and beard friendly beers, and has a generally relaxed atmosphere for all.
The campaign group says it welcomes diversity in both appearance and drinking but does think that there is a link between stylish beards and beers and good pubs
Some hostelries on the list style themselves as bars not pubs. This distinction is for others. The BLF is about beards.
Nothing here is meant to suggest that pubs not on the list are unfriendly to beards. This is about pubs that are particularly and emphatically beard friendly
The Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap of the Year Short List 2017
Bag of Nails Bristol
City Arms, Cardiff
Cock Tavern, Hackney
Mother Kelly’s Bethnal Green
Euston Tap(s), central London
Friends of Ham, Leeds
Hanging Bat, Edinburgh
Jolly Butchers, Hackney
The Maltings, York
Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester
Beavertown Brewery Tap, Tottenham
Crafty Devil Cellar, Cardiff