Midland publicans are asking for gallons of free ale for customers after drinkers walked out of public houses claiming the beer was undrinkable. Mr. Dick Fry, licensee of the Hare and Hounds in Halesowen and vice chairman of the Greenhalls Tenants Association, said up to two hundred public houses in the region could have been affected by the bad beer. ‘It was cloudy, it smelt, and it didn’t taste very nice, but otherwise it was perfect,’ he said.