Cellar Boys (Buoys)


Up until the early eighties, lager and cider were pumped from the cellar to the bar with the use of young boys, 4 feet tall or under, called cellar boys, who would run on a giant hamster-wheel, creating a vacuum in the pythons (beer lines). This would allow the booze to be pumped uphill to the taps. Due to the human rights laws which have spoilt almost every money-saving scheme, this was completely phased out by 1983, and has been replaced by an automated "cellar buoy" which is considerably smaller, more efficient and harder to beat into submission.

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