Over the weekend at the Great British Beer Festival in London, a panel of brewers, beer writers, and journalists chose Hobsons Mild from Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire as the best beer in Britain. One RateBeer user describes it as follows:

Clear, copper body with a beige rim of bubbles on top. Quite malty aroma, with caramel and some coffee. Coffee, caramel, malt and a little fruityness in the flavor. Dry in the mouth. Coffee and fruits in the finish. Nice!

The annual weekend-long beer fest, hosted by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), went off without a hitch—despite the fact that 15,000 pints of ale meant to be served there were stolen last week. This is probably unrelated to the stolen beer incident, but about a month before the event, CAMRA issued a press release about its campaign to introduce more women to “real” ale. The report claimed that women would be more likely to drink beer if it were served in smaller, more stylish glasses.

I’m a little insulted by this—even though sources say that the 15,000 pints were actually stolen for their packaging: 18-gallon barrels that could be melted down and sold for scrap. I prefer to imagine the thieves as a secret society of British ladies, protesting glassware altogether and shouting, “Take that, CAMRA!” as they hoist each other up for keg stands.

Seriously, though, while I’ve got nothing against pint glasses, I do enjoy a half pint when available, and I love a Coachman’s glass as much as the next gal. And though I hate to admit it, there are definitely a few women in my life who’d be more intrigued by a beer served in a pretty goblet. Does this women-and-glassware theory hold any water, so to speak?

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