Greene King takes over Spirit
Burton-based pub company, Spirit, has agreed to a £774 million takeover from Greene King. In September, Spirit rejected an initial offer, which valued the company at 100p a share. The new offer is 115p/share. Spirit, which was split off from Punch Taverns in 2011, runs the Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square, Flaming Grill, Good Night Inns, John Barras, Original Pub Company, Taylor Walker and Wacky Warehouse brands. It was originally part of the Bass empire and has over 750 branded, managed pubs throughout the UK and over 450 leased pubs. Sheffield outlets include: Drakehouse Mill (Waterthorpe), Peacock (Owler Bar), Red Lion (Gleadless Town End), Ridgeway Arms (Mosborough) and the Wagon and Horses (Millhouses).
‘STRIKES BOCK’ BEER NAME SPARKS TRADEMARK DISPUTE
Star Wars creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm have filed notice to force Empire Brewing in Syracuse, New York, to stop using the name Strikes Bock for a beer it has been brewing for seven years. Empire recently applied for a trademark for the beer, which it previously sold only at its brewpub and now plans to distribute from a larger brewery it is building. “The thing is the beer is called ‘Strikes Bock,’ not ‘Empire Strikes Bock,'” owner Dave Katleski told a local newspaper, “It’s ‘Strikes Bock,’ by Empire.” In its legal argument, Lucasfilm, now owned by the Walt Disney Co., contends that the Empire Brewing beer label could infringe its trademark rights and cause confusion among consumers.
BEER, THE FERTILITY DRUG?
A study of men whose partners were undergoing In vitro fertilization at Massachusetts General Hospital found that those who drank the equivalent of a pint of beer a day had the best chance of conception. Men who consumed an average of 2.7 alcohol units each day had a 57% chance of the process ending in pregnancy — double that of those whose intake was lower. Health experts have attributed this to alcohol’s ability to temper stress levels, and for those consciously trying for a child, removing some of the pressure during sex could be the key to aiding conception. Speaking at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s conference, Dr. Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield, agreed: “There has been conflicting data about the benefit or harm of drinking alcohol when trying to conceive. However, I firmly believe that moderate social drinking within guidelines (three to four units per
day) can be of benefit for couples trying to conceive… It helps to reduce stress.”
Earl Grey Hotel, Sheffield
This half-pint glass bottle is in the privately owned, Hooge Crater Museum (Canadatlan 26, Zillebeke, West Flanders, Belgium). It was found locally on the WW1 Western Front, close to the site of the Hooge Crater. This crater was created by the British when they smuggled 1,700 kg of dynamite into tunnels which ran under the German front line. Detonation occurred on 19th.July 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres.
The Earl Grey (97 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield 11) opened in 1833. At the time Charles, 2nd.Earl Grey (1764-1845) was Prime Minister (1830/34). He put through the Wilberforce Act which abolished the African Slave trade. Hence, the pub is highly likely to have been named after the PM. At that time, the location would have been at the edge of the city. It is known that from 1907-1939, the landlord of this Tennants pub was William Jackson Downes. The pub was demolished in the 1980’s as part of the Sheffield Inner Ring Road development. At the time, the Earl Grey was a Whitbread pub. (Whitbread took over Tennants in 1962.)
Can anyone tell us how a half-pint bottle from Sheffield made it’s way to this corner of Belgium? It is unlikely that it was full of beer, probably spirits. It was also probably carried by an officer. But, who, and how?
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