Disclosure: I am Spanger, the poster who suggests a reason why; I like beer; I like some Sam Smiths beers; I used to live round the corner from a number of pubs; um; can’t think of anything else pertinent.
Very annoyed about the Sam Smiths stuff if it is indeed true. I really like those pubs, and the beers. That pub you always see in the background on the news when York floods is a Sam Smiths. Used to spend half my life in there, as did various sibs.