I've been reading Martyn Cornell's "Amber, Gold, and Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers," along with some of the Brewer's Publications series on Mild Ale, Pale Ale, and a few others, and am fascinated by the history of some of my favorite beers. The two times I've been to England (Northumberland and North Yorkshire) I was blown away by the beer; in fact, it got me into homebrewing in the first place, as I couldn't buy these beers in the US. I only went out to a couple of pubs though, and it was mostly for lunch (I was in school, sadly). In the States the high school (your college) and younger college (your university) students often drink the shitty rubbish lagers (Budweiser, Coors, Natural Light, Busch, etc; although PLENTY of older people drink them too, obviously) and most good beer drinkers tend to be (in general) in their mid-twenties and up into the thirties, forties, and beyond. What's it like in England and Scotland? You have all of these amazing local brews, and a drinking age of 18. Stateside, a lot of us bitch and moan about how great the cask ale experience is over there, but who's really drinking these beers? Do you have younger (18-22) kids appreciating real ale and even the kegged 'craft' beers out in the pubs, or is it primarily upper 20s, middle-aged, and geezers who sit down for a nice pint of bitter or mild? Also, do you see a large split between men (beer) and women (wine/spirits) like we often do (though this is changing)? Do younger types even drink beer, or are 'party' drinks (spirits, shots, etc) more popular? In a sentence or two, how would you discuss British pub culture in the 21st century? I don't know if anyone will be able to answer these questions, but I was a bit curious.