The Society for The Preservation of Beers from the Wood

For information about beers from the wood


Roger Jacobson

Pint in Hand

I was born in 1953 in West Ham but grew up in Romford, living in the metaphoric shadow of Ind Coope brewery. An alumnus of the Royal Liberty Grammar School in Gidea Park where I failed to achieve any academic or sporting distinction whatsoever. Unmarried, I spent what passes for a career in the Civil Service, (MAFF and Defra) before they paid me to go away and not come back in November 2007. My drinking career was given a boost by chance encounters with Adnams and Brakspears and I joined CAMRA in 1975. Two years later I joined SPBW Special Branch as a result of regular drinking in the Rose & Crown, Blackfriars, the branch's meeting place. Not long after I joined Wantz, my local branch and in the late 80s, while living in Pimlico, added Campden Hill to my collection. I went on to chair all three branches (can anyone beat that?) and I'm still in the chair at Wantz. In summer 1981 I kindly offered to put together an issue or two of the old SPBW Branch Newsletter as no one else seemed to be bothering. This transmuted into a quarterly newsletter for all members, originally called Pints of View, and I still seem to be editing it.

Away from SPBW I obviously enjoy good beer in good pubs, and I'm lucky to have the Eleanor Arms as my local in Bow. I have a great interest in the inland waterways, having enjoyed many weeks afloat in various parts of England and Wales. I'm also a keen follower of Test cricket and football (former season ticket holder at West Ham United). I read a lot, enjoy walking, and spend plenty of time listening to a wide variety of music, including my 48 (and counting) Bob Dylan CDs. I'm also a member of a moderately unsuccessful quiz team, Accies (don't ask!) who perform in the Quiz League of London. And, for what it's worth, I'm an atheist, pacifist, don't smoke, don't have a television.