Maybe because we have been drinking real cask ales for well over a thousand years, well before refrigeration
, we have a taste for the living flavour that contains hops, malt etc
Real ales that are cask conditioned are akin to fine wines, they are alive, not chemically cloned (brewed) then killed by more chemicals to make them travel and store well.
Mass brewed lagers and beers are refrigerated but officianados wouldnt drink them anyway.
Cider is another drink in point. It is a living product that is killed by cooling
. If youve ever left a pint in a fridge and tried it for breakfast, its tainted, flat and dead.
Yes, cider for breakfast. It certainly keeps the cold out on a winters morning when your milking the cows.
Back in the middle ages, when Britain had her fledgling army, soldiers were paid in beer, a daily ration of 16 pints. I guess you would fight anyone after all that.
Water with a weak alcohol content was the only safe thing to drink in a time when water quality and safety
couldnt be guaranteed
I find the American misconceptions of Britain rather amusing.
My parents lived in a 350 yr old farm house before brother took it over. Dad recalled a conversation he had with some tourists who were both impressed by the 350 yr heritage but also concerned that he wouldnt have electricity or running water.
I still notice two major differences though, body weight and dental care.
Ive recently had my teeth whitened and i now notice other peoples teeth so much more, and im revolted and disgusted on the whole by the lack of dental care and hygene Brits have.
At the moment, we seem to be generally skinnier and smaller but I guess that will change.
As for fags and fannies, ..........."I'll wax your fanny"
Thats something only a beautician might tell a client who ordered a "Brazillian"
When i went to boarding school
a fag was a junior student who was assigned to run errands and do chores for a senior. Its also slang for a cigarette.
Gays were more commonly known as poofs or queers and gay
meant happy bright and fun.
A faggot is a meatball made with liver onion etc.
Its also a small bundle of wood for the fire, increasingly burned in modern ceramic stoves in eco homes