I can’t match BRAPA for poetry, but I think you’ll agree my November highlight is a work of art.
Draught Bass at its best in the Coopers Tavern in Burton, but actually drunk in Apne, the world’s top curry house. Even the hotel was good this time, and we got to meet 6TownsMart. In a month where the availability of Bass was a matter of concern,this was sweet relief.
And to get straight to the top monthly award,
New Pub of the Month – the Dog, Burton-on-Trent
Proper pub, old blokes discussing Bass and Steve Davis, immaculate Oakham, strong keg, a triumph for Black Country Ales,
Runner-up the Sailor’s Home in Kessingland, an absolute classic seaside local that beats anything Southwold has to offer.
A good November. 41 new GBG pubs in 16 different counties, finishing off Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire and large parts of That London.
The Big Night Out of the month was, not for the first time, a beer and curry session in Stourbridge that took in two children’s Halloween parties in two brewery taps and a worrying amount of strong beer.
Beer of the Month – Abbot in the Fat Cat, Norwich
The Bass and Oakham in Burton were up there, this Plum Porter in Wordsley looks the business,
but the prize goes to the Abbot at a legendary pub that had just a couple of dozen too many beers on for my liking. I made peace with the Fat Cat that night.
Highlights of the month weren’t always pubby. Gorilla in Manchester hosted two of my gigs of the year from Julia Jacklin and Aldous Harding, “Battle of the Sexes” (oddly not about beer) is an astonishing film, as great as “La La Land“, and Raheem’s winner against the Saints on Wednesday was greeted with The Rapture.
Talking of La La Land, we’re off to L.A. and Vegas at Christmas, in search of Bass from the jug. That’s a gamble.
America would be the highlight, but obviously a meeting with top bloggers at the other Fat Cat in Sheffield on Tuesday afternoon will top that. If you’re around, pop along to Kelham Island and say hello to BRAPA.
Special Award for most combustible CAMRA Magazine – Ullage
And an honourable mention for the best looking Hungry Horse at sunset goes to the Hansom Cab in Hinckley.
I can’t finish without wishing all the best to our top PubMan, Alan Winfield,who is struggling at the moment. Our thoughts are with you Alan.