Tarantino makes a Mersey killing

21 September, 2007

The love-in between heavyweight American celebrities and British regional ale brewers deepened this week with Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino declaring beer from Liverpool brewer Cains "awesome". Madonna has previously sworn an unlikely allegiance to Timothy Taylor's Landlord pale ale.

Tarantino was recommended Cains beer by Pulp Fiction star Samuel L Jackson, who developed a taste for it while in Liverpool filming 51st State, a movie written by Stel Pavlou while he was working as a Thresher shop assistant - yes, really! Tarantino himself was in Liverpool for the UK premiere of Death Proof - the name of his new film, not the strength of a n addition to the beer range.

Border follies

As the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has flagged up, an unreported side

effect of the proposed ban on

bogofs in Scotland is that drinkers may turn south in their quest for giveaway alcohol. As Scots consumers are faced with the harsh reality of having to pay a normal-looking price for their alcoholic sustenance, a day-trip to England may become increasingly attractive and Carlisle will be the Calais of the north. Astute northern England retailers may already be turning their thoughts to Tennent's Lager and Buckfast. Here at OLN, we're quick to spot such money-making opportunities and have taken the precaution of registering the trading names Border Bogofs and Hadrian's Haul (of Liquor). By all means try to do better.

Stirring words

And while we're in Scotland: the first words of the Glasgow Licensing Board's draft policy document? "Glasgow is a cocktail." You're not helping.

Camra calls time on noughties

It's nice to see that Camra members are not only drinking real ale, but

living in the real world. An online poll of 800 beer drinkers found that 38 per cent preferred 1970s pubs to those of the present day. Forty-five per cent said they were like a local, 16 per cent said they had a better atmosphere and 15 per cent liked them because they were dedicated to adults. Unfortunately for these nostalgia-philes, there aren't any time machines that could take them back for a bevvy in their beloved historic inns. In a bid to find out whether wine lovers are as in touch with the modern world as ale drinkers, OLN is going to run an online poll asking how many prefer flying to walking, which superpowers they most want to have and which Bordeaux vintage they would have bought up in bulk, if only they had known.

Born to be wild

What does a former chief executive do in the days following their departure from a top job? In Thresher's Roger Whiteside's case, the answer is a little unexpected. It seems he has polished his Harley-­Davidson and is cruising down the freeways of the United States, according to Welwyn sources. All together now: Get your motor running ...

Boss is top tippler

Bargain Booze chairman Roger Pedder is no stranger to the other end of the wine business. Along with the Nuggs team, he hosted the launch party at the new store in Kingston, Surrey, recently - the fourth shop to open in this upmarket wine-come-gourmet food concept - after convincing the council that Nuggs' premium credentials would not be of interest

to "lager louts". The entrepreneur

- well known for troubleshooting feuding family companies including Clarks shoes

- certainly has a palate for the good stuff. At the launch party he was sipping on the fine Uva Mira Chardonnay 2006 from South Africa

at the decidedly un-Bargain Booze-like price of £18.95 a bottle.

Blacks and blue

A Portuguese rugby fan ended up with a massive hangover after over-estimating how rubbish his team was. New Zealand-based Ricardo Lopes pledged to drink a beer for every point Portugal scored in their World Cup match against the All Blacks.

Lopes predicted his team would score no more than five points against the tournament favourites, but his beer intake increased considerably after they racked up a surprising and unlucky (for Lopes) 13 points.

To make matters worse, while nursing his hangover, Lopes still had to endure thoughts of a crushing defeat for Portugal, whose points tally was a mere consolation against New Zealand's 108.

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