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Beer from Coal (1959)

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Uploaded on Aug 27, 2009

Taken from 'Mining Review 12th Year No.10', this lovely story shows how coal, rather spuriously, contributes to the brewing of beer, featuring some gorgeous shots inside the Charrington Brewery in the Mile End Road.

Huge Lancashire boilers use 150 tons of coal a day to heat the coppers and various washing machines for casks and bottles. There is a remarkable shot inside the fermenting vats, with the differing foam formations resembling lunar landscapes. Anthropomorphised beer bottles are vividly described as jostling each other like the crowd trying to get to the bar at the cup final. (Bryony Dixon)

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