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!
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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