Mrs RM and I took joint life CAMRA membership 20 odd years ago, even before the Spoons vouchers kicked in, and despite believing that beer festivals are the devil’s work.
I don’t really care about the odd 10p discount you get in pubs that trade profit for Beer Guide inclusion, but I’ll take when I’m outed as a defender of the cask faith.
In Pursuit of Hoppiness in Bridport (a certain pre-emptive tick if ever I saw one), the Old Boys were bemoaning their lack of a CAMRA card.
“I’ve got one”, I said, to the dungareed barmaid, ordering my pint of Bedlam.
But she still charged me £3.60, full price. That 10p rankles, it really does.
Terrific micro/craft bar though, with the oddest hipsters outside Levenshulme and great banter.
“I blame the Egyptians”
Course you do.
And a soundtrack of Nick Drake and Tom Waits. But not the hits.
But that 10p still hurts.