I do hope Simon wasn’t too upset by my Tom obsession in the last post, which stopped me saying what a great pleasure it was to chat pubs with Si and his Dad. Now I’ve found my notes I can also reveal the conversation included the classic lines,
“It’s the French in them”
“Colchester is an Amish town”
And some people want to meet Harry Stiles. What classic lines has he got that aren’t nicked off Prince, heh ?
Having mentioned chatting briefly to Roger Protz this week, it was amiss of me not to report on the Lacons Audit Ale launch at Histon’s Red Lion on Thursday night.
I would have been somewhere in Hampshire on Thursday night, but the legendary Mr Protz doesn’t come to one of your local pubs very often.
And there was very strong beer for Mrs RM, from a brewery whose flagship pub we enjoyed immensely last year.
And the Red Lion is a fantastic pub, it’s jovial landlord the best thing to come out of Grimsby since Tom Irvin (what a link there), and you ought to visit the Cambs Pub of the Year 2017 now.
I’m going to refer you straight to Pint and Pubs account of the night, which is both better informed and has better photos than my attempt.
Mr Protz, Lacons and Stuart Bateman gave a series of short talks on the development of audit ales, stock ales and IPAs that I almost remember. I do remember the quality of the 8% Audit Ale, which as Pint & Pubs says drank a bit too smoothly. I’ll be sticking to their 3.8% Encore, though, a beer served at its best in the Red Lion.
Mrs RM was running a bit late, but luckily I’d saved her my half of Audit, which she sank along with her own half in a little under eight minutes. Wobbling to the bar, she said;
“That’s nice. Shall I get another pint ?”
“It’s 8% Mrs RM, it only comes in halves !”
I know you think I make this up. I really don’t. I bought her a couple of bottles to drink at home, being a caring husband and all.
Lacons seem a very professional outfit, and would clearly benefit from a few more pubs like their sole outlet, the Honingham Buck, to display their beer at its very best. Not every free house maintains the cellarmanship standards of the Red Lion.
Talking of which, I had to ask Mr Protz his views on the best places to drink Draught Bass these days. Lamenting availability in general, he mentioned the Coopers Tavern, which shows Roger knows his Bass.
NB His new book on Great North Road pubs is a cracker. I’ll weave it into some posts soon.