The last few days have been particularly stressful, as BRAPA taunted us with the early arrival in York of the new Beer Guide, while I stared dolefully at the door. At least London didn’t get theirs first this year.
3 days after Simon’s copy, my GBG18 arrived this morning at 9.17a.m. Any longer, and GBG17 would have fallen to pieces. And you’d have found out where the inspiration for “Falling Down” came from.
Luckily, only one of my pubs from the weekend has dropped out of the new edition, so it wasn’t a completely wasted journey to a place I can’t tell you about. Unlike some, I solemnly respect the GBG embargo until the official release date.
At the moment the Guide hit the floor with a satisfying thud I called time on the GBG17 spreadsheet, which thanks to an IT-literate 16 year old I reproduce here;
Rather less impressive than the Pubmeister, but 528 new pubs in the last year took me to the giddy heights of 86.3%, and 41 counties complete. As you’ll see I’m still hoping for an English CAMRA breakaway Guide to make my task easier.
As I write this I’m working through the new Guide to see how many new pubs are in and how many drop out (450 is typical). It’s the highlight of the year, accompanied by a mournful soundtrack of Nadia Reed and Low CDs (old skool). Once I’ve finished the bookwork I can set some new targets for the year.
Luckily I have a lifetime supply of Stabilo Boss markers in my nuclear bunker.
Since so many people ask, I don’t aim to do every one of the 4,500 odd pubs in the Guide next year. Just think about how ridiculous that would be.
Too early to sum up the new Guide (give it a week), but fans of brewery taps on industrial estates are likely to be thrilled, fans of “Old Mens pubs” less so.