OCTOBER ’18 STOCKTAKE + NOVEMBER PREVIEW

 

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Tradition dictates that I bring you my monthly highlights and forward look about this time.

Scarily, despite knocking out 60 posts in October, I’ve still got twenty-three reports to bring you from the last week, including one with this little fella.

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Pub dustbin cat

So I’ll keep the awards to the pubs I’ve reported on in October.

A month of fifty-nine (59, Si) new GBG pubs, which is just ahead of target.

My map of GBG completion is already looking rosy; I’ll keep Duncan in suspense and do a Guide update in November. Loads of pinking like this;

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#PinkNotGreen

Beer quality was decent enough all month, so of course my most-read post was the one time it wasn’t, in Worcester.  The Paul Pry was a classic example of a gorgeous pub without the cask turnover to justify the pumps.

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Amongst the usual class stuff from BeerMat and  PubHermit, there was some notable reading about pubs in October.

Pub Curmudgeon wrote about the quality/variety dilemma in this classic post, Citra slipped his heart attack into a pub review, and Russ highjacked the Pubmeister’s foreign correspondent reports with an epic story of “eleven.

BRAPA was kidnapped while on Project Calypso in London and is now sipping Appleton’s Rum in Montego Bay.

New Pub of the Month – Duke’s Arms, Burton Latimer.  Irreverent, beery and smelling of pub. I liked the Duke so much, I went there twice.

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Old Mann’s signs the months big winner

Beer of the Month – Pomona IPA at Reasons To Be Cheerful in Burnage, a contender for Pub of the Month, and the classiest micro pub so far.

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NOVEMBER PREVIEW

Tomorrow (Sat 3rd) I’ll be ferrying BRAPA around South Cambs again, then heading up to the Great City of Bradford for an adventurous sounding B&B in Great Horton.  Weird suggestions welcome.  No trains, apparently, which scuppers a trip to Hebden.

Monday 5th see a visit to the home of CAMRA, and Roger Protz, who’ll be showing a few of us around the best places to drink Doom Bar in St Albans.  Last pub in Hertfordshire GBG, too.

Later that week I’ll be going with Matt to see Car Seat Headrest in Kentish Town.  My Dad never took me to see The Fall when I was 17.  Might finish off a chunk of London as well.

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There’s a fair few gigs, including one at the Oxford Bullingdon Club where David Cameron is now serving pints of IPA, it is rumoured.  The night before I’ll be in Bath drinking Bass in Bath.

Later in the month Mrs RM and I have a couple of nights in Bucharest.  As usual, best places for Bass, Brewdog and Balti welcome.

That should do for starters.

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7 thoughts on “OCTOBER ’18 STOCKTAKE + NOVEMBER PREVIEW

  1. There will be a very limited train service from Drabford to Hebden on Saturday 3rd as there quite rightly is a guards strike. Go to the Kash or similar establishment instead. There will be a service on Sunday 4th, though the first train will be later than usual due to planned engineering works. Get yourself to Hebden, it’s still on.

    I’d have though the best place for balti is Birmingham.

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  2. “Scarily, despite knocking out 60 posts in October, I’ve still got twenty-three reports to bring you from the last week,”

    Crikey!

    “A month of fifty-nine (59, Si) new GBG pubs,”

    Crikey… squared!

    “Citra slipped his heart attack into a pub review”

    Totally missed that. In fact, I don’t have Citra as one of my ‘regulars’. Will have to remedy that.

    “and Russ highjacked the Pubmeister’s foreign correspondent reports with an epic story of “eleven“.”

    I’m (in)famous! 🙂

    “New Pub of the Month – Duke’s Arms, Burton Latimer.”

    Nuts. One of the (many) I missed in October owing mostly to my wife’s hectic catering schedule. 😦

    “Tomorrow (Sat 3rd) I’ll be ferrying BRAPA around South Cambs again”

    Are you two becoming an ‘item’? 😉

    “The night before I’ll be in Bath drinking Bass in Bath.”

    You’re not fooling anyone. You going to be in your own bath having a Bass aren’t you? 🙂

    Cheers

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  3. The Paul Pry had what might be called a “sensibly limited range”, so I think its problems went beyond simply “too many beers”.

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