Beer Haiku Friday and What’s in a Name – Sprig and Fern

Today’s Beer Haiku sums up the joy of fishing. It is called “Gone Fishin’“:

the fish ain’t biting
but that’s not really the point
as long as there’s beer

The latest Malthouse blog has a look at the history of pub signs, the development of pub names, some great names and some terrible names, the Sprig and Fern, Pale Ale and Cider. The title is “What’s in a Name – Sprig and Fern“:

Clearly, it is very common for a pub name to be called “The [something] and [something else].” Those two words might be related (The Bull and Bear), random (The Parrot and Jigger) or complete opposites (The Jolly Taxpayer). Today’s featured brewery has used this age old technique.

Glass Tip – Beer Haiku Daily and Malthouse Blog

Cider house rules again

An old name in Nelson brewing is back and reviving an even older name in cider making.

The engine is rumbling again in a Stoke factory, waiting for the green light to revive a product that was first made there around 70 years ago.

The plant on Main Road Stoke was the home of the Rochdale Cider Factory, famous since the late 1930s for finding a way to squeeze every last drop from the region’s apple crop and turn it into cider.

It was to become even more famous when the McCashin family took over the Rochdale mantle when they bought the site in 1980. They continued to brew cider, but really made their name when, in 1981, they brewed the first Mac’s beer using locally grown hops.

In 1999 the Mac’s brand was sold to giant brewery Lion and a year later Mac’s HQ in Stoke was leased to the heavyweight, with the family moving out of the picture.

But in April this year the McCashins returned to the site, on a mission led by founder Terry McCashin’s son Dean and his wife Emma, to revive a range of products under a new brand, focusing on cider under the Rochdale name.

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