Coming almost up to date with this weekend’s (26-27/1/18) trip to Stockport, surely the Vegas of Cheshire. No football, but Manchester Beer Fest, a crawl round Levenshulme and a Bass challenge on the “To Do” list.
Trivelles Mayfair is the unlikely name of my regular hotel for trips into Manchester*, ideally placed for trains to Piccadilly and 20 minutes stroll down the A6 to the Petersgate Tap. Some strange people live round here, so I walk quickly.
“But what’s the street art like ?” you enquire.
Not as good as the natural beauty of the Plaza,
or the Underbanks, even with the lights in Winters dimmed.
Properly conditioned Draught Bass, and it turns out Chris would take the sparkler off for me without making a withering comment !
And here’s that unsparkled pint. Ignore the other exciting beers on the left,
and the Evil Keg. Even the Tiny Rebel.
The Hawkshead was the beer that marked the Tap out as a purveyor of quality cask last year, but could they do it with a pint of Bass on a wet Thursday night in Stocky ?
Yes they could. This was a near perfect pint of flat Bass, on a par with the Black Swan in Gweek. In fact, this could have come straight from the jug. Nectar, cool and complex (NBSS 4.5).
So if I score the flat Bass so highly, the sparkled version must score the same, surely ?. I guess so, and again it was a compelling pint to match those you get in southern Derbyshire. It’s just, I prefer it flat.
Nobody else seemed convinced of the merits of the Red Triangle, but a busy pub full of groups of blokes were all on the cask. Unlike me, they were making it last.
After a four hour trip from Cambridge, my two pints of Bass were sunk in 20 minutes. That’s almost Mrs RM standard.
Upstairs, a band was rehearsing ahead of a Friday night gig as part of Stockport’s First Friday event. I didn’t recognise the tunes but at least they weren’t Coldplay.
I really needed someone to compare notes with on the great “flat v sparkled debate“, but as the only lone drinker I had to content myself with some quality reading.
Years ago in Exmouth, I heard a chap leaving a pub say words that have stayed with me
“Blessings on your house, you serve good Bass”
The Tap served great Bass. Bet it’s all gone now though.
*For the avoidance of doubt, Stockport is NOT in Manchester. It’s in Cheshire.