Oz & James reach the end of the road
wanted was a cup of tea...
If you stayed the course and watched all eight episodes of Oz and James Drink to Britain, you may have wondered what all the fuss was about. The two tyros sampled beer, wine, whisky, cider, perry, gin and vodka...and then decided that after all they thought a cuppa was the drink that speaks for Britain.
Thanks, chaps, you've really done wonders to boost the craft brewing movement. What is astonishing is the sheer lack of intellectual coherence to the series. Why visit so many companies producing alcohol only to decide that tea was the best beverage, even though there had been no reference to tea during the series. Oz rather lamely claimed that beer was his favourite while James seemed at first to be plumping for wine, even though he has rubbished English wine for the past eight weeks.
In common with the lamentably bad Morrisey/Fox series last eyar, this was an opportunity lost. With the craft brewing sector growing against all the odds, surely cask ale is the beer that speaks for Britain. But it would seem that Tetley tea beats Tetley Bitter every day of the week.