I've just been working on the third Darkeningstone novel, or DS III as I often call it, and I've set two characters drinking beer in a pub in the year 1919. So naturally enough, I had to research the kinds of drinks that they might have been enjoying. I recalled the exotic sounding drinks that people of my father's generation drank, for example, black and tan, mild and bitter, and there was even one called old and bitter, which was also known, perhaps rather unfairly, as mother-in-law. I decided to plump for mild and bitter, because it reminded me of a joke I read long ago in an Asterix the Gaul book. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, I was able to complete my research by visiting this website:


This was just as well, as otherwise I would have had to visit the pub, and then I wouldn't have got any writing done at all.
It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.


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