"Heineken N.V. today announced that it is to close its Beamish & Crawford brewery in Cork in March 2009."
Dammit. Beamish & Crawford was the first foreign brewery I got excited about, way back in the 1980s, and we dropped by on our honeymoon in 1989. The brewery had a history, and a place, and a well. And Heineken got hold of it, and closed it, and 120 Irish jobs are lost. There are other breweries closing, of course, and pubs continue to close in the UK at a stunning rate (with surprisingly little blogger reaction that I've seen, which is puzzling...maybe), but this one hit home.
I say many bad words.
Photo of the Beamish & Crawford Brewery by kman999 on flickr.