Sunday 22 April 2012

Well Done Auntie Beeb!!

I've been known to have a pop at people or organisations that fail my World View. Perhaps too often it might be said. Just occasionally there is a complete reversal of that irritation almost to a level that makes me feel quite humble and sorry to have ever made the fuss in the first place. Of course, I'd like to think that it was my complaint that caused an apparent change of direction, but I guess I'm probably just too insignificant to make such a claim.

Last year, several of us were getting frustrated at the mainstream BBC program Saturday Kitchen and did various things to try and get at The BBC.

Today, BBC Radio 4 did a brilliant program on the American Craft beer scene, the influence of European brewing on that scene and its subsequent influence on current contemporary brewing in the UK.

Mentions of barrel aged beers, American hops, massive IBUs and the effect our silly UK taxation system has on stronger, fuller flavoured beers was very welcome. Mention of Fullers, who's John Keeling recently visited to brew our soon to be infamous collaboration, warmed my heart.

It's a great piece of program making and undoes most of my reservations about their programming. More of the same please guys, and perhaps something on the Telly too?

Listen to it on iPlayer before it gets shuffled off to an archive somewhere.

Meanwhile, hypothetically speaking, I have the ability to make a reasonable quality mp3 file of the program. Of course to do so would be breaking copy write laws, so I deny all knowledge of having done so, or offering to let anyone have a copy once iPlayer has stopped streaming it. I imagine it might also be a large file, in the region of 12Mb, probably.

Sam, in the comments, points out there is a pod cast. Thanks Sam.


Ben said...

Sunday brunch on Chanel 4 had a stout tasting at the weekend. 3 beers were tasted from dark star, Bristol beer factory and another whose name escapes me

Sam said...

Hi Dave, Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
The Food program is also available as a podcast should you wish to download a higher quality MP3. Also the podcasts are available for a much longer period of time than on iplayer. you can link to this and as such wouldn't be breaking copyright laws

Sam said...

Here's a link to the food prgram podcasts. It's not up yet but will probably be some time today,

BBC Food Program podcasts

StringersBeer said...

Well, it's always nice to see our Beeb promoting the beer industry. A pity, perhaps, it wasn't our beer industry. Still, at least we got a few seconds from some top British brewers.

StringersBeer said...

P.S. The other Stout on "Sunday Brunch" ([sigh] who makes these names up?) was (I think) Porterhouse Oyster Stout.

Cooking Lager said...

I have put in loads of suggestions to the beeb for telly shows. Most of which are about me going around the country getting pissed up for nowt, all on bbc expenses and featuring grog producers big and small. Not so much as a sniff, the bastards. Makes me glad I evade the licence.