Dear Uncle Edwin... A Short, Random History of Pubs
Dear Uncle Edwin,
I have been admiring the plentitudes of available drinking establishments during my stay in Ireland as often as possible, and I was wondering if you could enlighten me on the history of pubs in the British Isles? If anyone, you should know! Thanks.
-SOON TO BE ENLIGHTEND DRUNK
Dear Enlightend Drunk,
Och, aye, ye canna be drinking in our fine establishments without knowin’ a bit o’history behind ‘em. To help ye in yer quest fer knowledge I ha written a wee essay on the matter:
A Short, Random History of Pubs in General
The people of the British Isles ha
In 1215, the measure for ale was standardized in the Magna Carta. By 1625, there were over thirteen thousand inns and taverns around the United Kingdom for a population of just five million. As the number of public houses grew, so did the number of breweries;
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