I’m doing these posts in chronological order, so it’s pure coincidence that I follow the Flippin’ Frog with the Itchy Pig. Being picky, micro pub naming is a disgrace. What’s wrong with traditional pub names like Number 37a, Mirth Magic & Maud, and Chime ?
My ambition to visit all the Sheffield pubs while James is at Uni is progressing slowly. I really ought to sneak a visit into Edge Bar, the first year students bar at Endcliffe.
I met James in Balti King at Fulwood Road, where he probably had his first proper meal since the last time I came up. It looks very plain, but the curries were first-rate.
Never follow a curry with a beer is my rule for life, especially before tackling a hill. But I’ve walked past the Itchy Pig a dozen now and it must have a fair shout of joining Sheffield’s Beer Guide entries soon.
If I was prone to hideous over-generalisation, I’d say micros fall into two categories;
- Micros run by blokes in their 50s serving microbrewery beer to blokes in their 50s for £3 a pint. Exhibit 1 here
- Micros run by blokes in their late 20s serving anyone anything. They tend to merge into bottle shops and brewery taps in style. Exhibit 2 here
The Itchy Pig is firmly in the second category, with plenty of Post-Grad types (think Cambridge Blue)
A solid beer range to meet all tastes, but no doubt some CAMRA folk visiting from Berkshire or Bromsgrove will tip up, look at the menu and declare “Nothing of interest, lads“.
I like the mix of folk, just like you get in a real pub, only with better hats.
But lets face it, you’re never going to get hilarious arguments or rank stupidity in a small pub full of sensible people having a quiet drink, are you ?
That half of Abbeydale Voyager was advertised as “hazy“, which is what I got. Everyone else seemed to be drinking rather more sensibly. Decent though.
“Drink enough of that Hibernation and you’ll be in hibernation !!!” It’s 4.2% mate !
There is one definite micro pub giveaway.
And if that doesn’t sell it to you, look what the record shop round the corner has this back in store;