I had a 16.30 train from Huddersfield to Piccadilly to catch. My other Guide entry opened at 16.00 and Google Maps said it would take 13 minutes to walk, plus a couple to get through the inevitable ticket barrier hold-up.
Which meant I’d got a maximum of 15 minutes at the Magic Rock Tap, a place you’re never going to have a half.
As dusk fell St Georges Square comes into its own, even if you’ve no time to visit the pubs.
Due to the obstruction of the “Hygge Tipi Tent” I wasted a minute getting the best angle of Mr Wilson, Huddersfield and England World Cup winning legend.
And another minute getting the Bass barrel shot at the wonderful Sportsman. Quite how I managed to walk past the Sportsman twice without popping in a matter of some shame; it’s a Top 100 pub.
But, quicker than you can say “Raheem Sterling” I’d crossed the Birkby customs point, and reached the industrial estate that has become a site of pilgrimage for folk who write too much about beer. On time for the 4pm opening.
As is now customary, there were already a couple of blokes at the bar.
Clearly there’s a secret tunnel from Leeds or Hebden. Either that or they opened early. Or Huddersfield operates in a different time zone.
Anyway, it really is impressive, feeling more like a cheaper Yorkshire cousin to Manchester’s Beermoth than a beer warehouse. A classy operation with food trucks and events, it even had beer mats (albeit on high tables).
With Mrs RM safely landed north of the border, I didn’t have to order the strongest beer and went for Ringmaster.
Thoroughly pulled through (hurrah !) it was cool, full-bodied and gorgeous (NBSS 4). It was, however, priced at only £2.70, which I know some of you will feel a disgrace. OK, it’s at their tap but I don’t notice beer notably cheaper at other brewery bars.
Not much banter to be honest, but a soundtrack stuck in 1989 made up for it.
It was 4.17pm, with Tap filling up nicely (do these people work ?) when I realised I’d better leg it, even though “I Am the Resurrection” had just started, and you’ll know the last four minutes of that are Quite Good.
I shouldn’t run at my age.