Karen has over sixteen years experience of illustration commissions in the UK and USA. Her clients include Ragged Bears, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Quarto Children's Books, Lindt and Sprungli, TES, Harcourt International (USA), Cambium Learning (USA), The Book Guild, Parragon, Folens, Minerva, A & C Black, Reed Books, Splimple, Bender Richardson White, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, A Child's World (USA), Scholastic and of course Kinver Brewery.
Karen works in watercolour, pastels, oil pastels and printmaking techniques. Her work can be found in children's books, commissioned greetings cards, book jackets, packaging design, editorial work and Kinver Brewery beer clips.
The Kinver Brewery beer pump clips are popular collectables for breweriana collectors, and many can now be found for sale on e-bay or can even be converted to a clock
A beer engine is name of the beer dispenser device for manually pumping beer from a cask in the pub's cellar to the bar. It was invented by John Lofting, a Dutch inventor, merchant, and manufacturer who moved from Amsterdam to London around 1688. He became an English citizen and patented a number of inventions including a device for pumping beer. The London Gazette of 17 March 1691 stated "the patentee hath also projected a very useful engine for starting of beers and other liquors which will deliver from 20 to 30 barrels an hour which are completely fixed with brass joints and screws at reasonable rates."
The locksmith and hydraulic engineer Joseph Bramah developed the beer pump handle in 1797, co-incidentally the same year as the Stourbridge wine and Kinver Beer merchant, Nickolls and Perks were founded. Bramah also invented the Bramah Water Closet in 1778, an important predecessor of the pub loo.
The beer engine pulls the beer through a flexible pipe from the cask to the spout, below which the glass is placed. A nozzle on the spout controls the amount of head on the beer. When Bramah invented the beer engine, the cellar was typically below the bar, but today there can be a considerable distance from the cellar to the beer engine and many publicans use gas pressure to assist the movement of the beer from the cellar to the bar to prevent the beer being sucked back up the pipe from the glass.
A skilled barman will hold the glass at an angle to the pump whilst filling the glass, gradually moving the glass upright as it fills. The glass should not be filled, and the beer should be allowed to settle for a brief period before topping up to ensure that a full pint of Kinver beer is served.
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The clip is attached to the handle by a spring clip giving the brand name of the Kinver Beer as well as the alcoholic strength of the beer being served through that handpump. A much more stylish and practical bar pump than the large, tasteless fonts that decorate a simple on or off valve for CO2 dispensed keg beer.
The handle of a handpump is often used as a symbol of cask ale.
Information on the beer engine is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License