Before the skull and crossbones, pirates flew an all-red flag, the 'joli rouge'. This signaled that the ship would fight to the death; with no quarter given, nor expected.
And what does that have to do with beer? Absolutely nothing really!
I operate a small scale, home-brewery from the Jolly Red kitchen, with the intention of expanding to a micro-brewery/brewers-pub, all in good time.
I currently have two regular beers that I bottle:
'Snor-City Bitter Bier' which is a bitter ale, named after Johannes Kerkorrel's reference to Pretoria and 'Pickhandle Mary - Malted Oats Stout', named after Mary Fitzgerald the typist turned trade-unionist, who according to legend, would address rallies armed with the handle of a pick axe.
Mark Stoltz at Jolly Red Brewery