John Major & the temperature of beer

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2018 by kmflett

With it being possibly the warmest summer since 1976 the appropriate temperature for cask beer has been exciting some discussion on social media. I’ll comment on that elsewhere.

However it is important to recall that the defining perspective on the matter comes from John Major:

“Fifty years on from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs”.

This was from a speech made in 1993 and my research suggests possibly not written by Major.

In case you cant recall Major was a Tory Prime Minister responsible for privatising the railways. He was depicted by the cartoonist Steve Bell has someone who wore his underpants outside of his trousers and enjoyed eating green peas.

Major’s words were designed of course to appeal to an idyllic English tradition.

The beer in question, invariably cask, was meant to be at 12C, that is tepid. More or less the same temperature as a well stewed cup of tea.

Major is still to be seen at cricket grounds but has not as far as I know updated his thoughts on the temperature of beer


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