Great char­ter en­shrined in beer

Pubs have al­ways played an im­por­tant part in our com­mu­ni­ties and we’re keen to en­sure that tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. Here, some land­lords share their latest news. We’ll drink to that!

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Magna Carta 800 MAGNA Carta (the Great Char­ter) was sealed on June 15, 1215 by King John and his Barons at Run­neymede, near the Thames. It was ba­si­cally a peace treaty to end a civil war and most of the clauses in it were about the post-war set­tle­ment, but clauses 39 and 40 stuck in the Bri­tish psy­che and English Com­mon Law. In essence they tell the King that he can­not make it up as he goes along.

The Char­ter was an­nulled, re­vised and re-is­sued sev­eral times, but we took these ideas with us (but did not ap­ply them that of­ten) as we crashed around the world gain­ing and los­ing an Em­pire.

For ex­am­ple, Magna Carta is cru­cial to the USA Con­sti­tu­tion.

There will be an­niver­sary ales; from our Lo­cAle brew­ers we have McMullen Char­ter Ale and XT 1215, from far­ther afield I have iden­ti­fied Wind­sor and Eton Magna Carta Ale and Shep­herd Neame 1215 Ale. Beer Day Bri­tain TO mark the 800th an­niver­sary of the seal­ing of Magna Carta and Jane Pey­ton, Beer Academy som­me­lier of the year, made the ef­fort to read it and she found clause 35: “There shall be stan­dard mea­sures of wine, ale, and… Weights are to be stan­dard­ised sim­i­larly.” – No short mea­sures.

She has started Beer Day Bri­tain www.beer­daybri­tain.co.uk/ and the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing CAMRA, is sup­port­ing her.

Go to the web­site and find all the de­tails, art­work and cel­e­bra­tion sug­ges­tions.

One I like is a Na­tional ‘Cheers’ at 12.15pm.

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