OPTING OUT OF THE CASK ALE LOTTERY

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Packets of Bombay Mix are fine, bit some of our esteemed (i.e. old) pubgoers get a bit hungry between pubs, so we resolved to make the Big Bulls Head an”official” lunch stop.

digbeth

On the way we lost a Sheffield Hatter, but did find a Melox Marvel.  While Mrs RM is quite taken with the shops at the Bullring I marvel at the Digbeth warehouses and street art.

And while Mrs RM will no doubt find some sort of electrical frippery to waste my beer budget in the New Street Station shops, I’ll never spend her Prosecco budget on dog biscuits.

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Art

The Big Bull continues the Digbeth theme; multi-roomed Victoriana, wide windows on the world, World Cup flags, unpretentious Brummie welcome,

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and of course, just keg beers…

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Shiny, shiny

Yes, instead of Banks’s or Pedi it was a choice of Marston’s Oyster Stout, Carling, Guinness or tap water.

The reaction of our group was akin to making a special trip to Wetherspoons for Curry Club, only to discover that only the chickpea option is left.  I thought we would be making a special trip to Heart of England Hospital, so deep was the trauma.

But having mildly chastised the first two pubs for having too much cask on, can you really blame the Big Bull for leaving the cask ale lottery altogether.  It’s never going to compete with the specialists like Wellington, Lamp or Post Office, and there aren’t many old codgers making special trips for Marston’s beer, more’s the pity.

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All your favourite Pub Men in one shot, waiting for chips

Anyway, we had some good banter here, wondering whether golf is a real sport if they don’t sledge each other in the pairings.

And contemplating more crisps as the clock ticked over to 2pm and it became clear our pub grub was being freshly cooked.

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More classic

In the end I picked up the local glossy, and Pub Curmudgeon informed me who Meghan Trainor is (a Draught Bass fan, apparently).

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Oddly, Meghan will pop up again in my Merseyside post

I’m sure Ms Trainor would have the home-made burger and twice-cooked chips as much as we did.

I failed to convert the two Mudgies to the joys of keg stout. 

 

 

 

28 thoughts on “OPTING OUT OF THE CASK ALE LOTTERY

  1. It’s actually a very interesting exercise, to find out what real ale men choose to drink when there’s no cask, but they don’t have the option of going elsewhere. I originally went for the own brand lager, but it was off. The regulars probably prefer Carling, which is what I ended up ordering. There’s an action shot of me above drinking it 😮

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    1. It is indeed a very interesting exercise to find out what real ale men choose to drink when there’s no cask.
      Much as I would like to sample Fosters, Carling or some other brew unfamiliar to me I have always been one for moderation and so during a long Proper Day Out must admit to not actually minding a large glass of tap water in the Rifle Drum, Big Bulls Head or other such pub.

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    2. My usual fall back position in a caskless establishment, most likely a Harvester or similar, is a pint of Genius, although after having the keg Marston’s Oyster Stout in the player’s lounge (get me!) at Bescot Stadium I’d happily choose that over Guinness if available.

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  2. Cracking post 👍👍 Meghan is also a big fan of Chieftain so surprised she didn’t join you in big bulls head? Never been here even though gaffer is apparently a Blues fan…a great looking pub and always looks earthy from the outside

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  3. “The clock ticked over to 2pm and it became clear our pub grub was being freshly cooked” er, except that when it arrived I realised that they had started boiling the potatoes, carrots and cabbage before I left Stafford, and I was in Birmingham in time for breakfast. If they can’t look after vegetables then maybe we might understand how cask beer is too much for them.

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  4. “so we resolved to make the Big Bulls Head an”official” lunch stop.”

    Good lord. The trip planner below that resembles Odysseus’ 10 year trip back to Ithaca after the Trojan war. 😉

    “And while Mrs RM will no doubt find some sort of electrical frippery to waste my beer budget in the New Street Station shops, I’ll never spend her Prosecco budget on dog biscuits.”

    I think that is a metaphor for all married life. 🙂

    “Carling, Guinness or tap water.”

    I think you mentioned tap water twice there. (LOL)

    “All your favourite Pub Men in one shot, waiting for chips”

    Pfft. Where’s Si, Life, PubHermit, Paul Bailey and you? 😉

    “who Meghan Trainor is (a Draught Bass fan, apparently).”

    Yes but she pronounces it wrong.
    (and I’m not sure about being able to pick her up for free) 🙂

    “I failed to convert the two Mudgies to the joys of keg stout. ”

    If at first you don’t succeed…

    Cheers

    PS – “for leaving the cask ale lotter altogether.”

    Is that the English version of an otter?

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  5. I’d assumed that was a picture of Mrs RM afterher latest trip to the hairdresser.

    Haven’t seen the oyster stout for quite a while, used to enjoy the occasional bottle. Had a Marstons beer last night (Fever Pitch), assume by the name it’s a leftover from the recent kickball festival; tasted like the cask had undergone a few extreme temperature shifts along the supply chain, at least I hope it wasn’t intended to taste like it did.

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