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Hamper beverages 'were part of pub evolution'
Published on 28/01/2011

Hamper beverages are said to have played an integral part in the evolution of the Great British pub.

Wine was principally served over the counter at taverns, which have been around for centuries, but it was another drink that had a bigger effect on the history of the national institution, the Daily Telegraph reports.

According to the article, politicians promoted the consumption of beer in an attempt to impede the excessive drinking of gin, which was rife in the 1700s.

It explained that during the 19th century serving bars began to appear in public houses.

"The invention of beer engines meant beer could be pumped out through pipes from barrels kept below ground, meaning beer could be served more quickly," the source noted.

It added that the popularity of different alcohol vendors such as wine bars has increased since the 1950s.

Earlier this month, suite101.com reported that Fuller's released a new brew, Past Masters XX Strong Ale, inspired by old recipes to give modern consumers a taste of the past.

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