Fear not John - things ain't so bad. One thing we Brits are still best at is having a good old moan.
Moan 1: About a third of the cost of a pint is tax.
Moan 2: We pay over 40% of the EU beer tax bill but consume only 13% of the beer sold in Europe. (Thanks to an online petition, the beer tax is due to be debated in parliament).
Moan 3: Around 16 pubs close every week in the UK (according to CAMRA).
But on the bright side... it's never been easier to get a decent pint. There are now more breweries in the UK than any time in my life
. My local offers a huge selection of well kept cask ales. When you're paying £3 or more, it makes sense to be a bit fussy.
Speaking as a beer snob... I prefer mine bitter and amber.
I tried Millers many years ago and felt inclined not to do so again. But, if there was no better option than larger, I wouldn't object to Budweisser, provided it was the Czechoslovakian brew and not that bland stuff from the States.
Speaking as a chocolate snob... I prefer mine bitter and dark.
How come Cadbury's Dairy Milk, which contains too much vegetable fat to be called chocolate in the US is sold and manufactured there, under the Cadbury label, by The Hershey Company in Pennsylvania? I found a Hershey's chocolate bar in a London supermarket. How can this be America's favourite chocolate brand
? It tastes worse than Ex-Lax!