LESS THAN DRY-JANUARY ’19 STOCKTAKE

Off to Paris today, but at least I’m up to date with the blog. That won’t last.

Dryanuary was a triumph; 51 new Beer Guide pubs with Kent, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester all complete.

Without further ado, here’s the spreadsheet;

GBG 29 jan 19 (1)

GBG 29 jan 19 (2)

GBG 29 jan 19 (3)

In a nutshell, 83% of the GBG ticked, but I need 366 more pubs by the time the new Guide is out (Christmas ?) to hit my 91% target.  I’m progressing at 12 a week, which is a better average than the England cricket team.

A month in each of Devon, Dorset and West Wales would help; that may require some exceptional negotiation skills.

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January Highlights – Pub crawls in Manchester, Halifax and Newcastle went over old ground, but all 3 towns looked dazzling on cold but dry days.

Stafford Paul getting six sausages at the Lost Dene was an example of substitution at its best.

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Old Pub of the Month – The Circus, Manchester

Four pristine pints of Dizzy Blonde awaiting Luke & The Two Mudgies, a North-West Skiffle Band in the making.  A truly wonderful (near) finale to the Southworth Saunter.

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New GBG Pub of the Month – Town Mouse, Newcastle

And the last (of the month) shall be first.

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Actually, beer quality was better than pub quality in January (except in Manchester).  I rated four pints close to perfect; two trad,two achingly craft.

Holts in the anonymised Salford pub,

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Doom Bar in Llantwit Major Rugby Club, Brass Castle Bad Kitty at the Manchester Beer festival, and that pint of Almasty murk in the Town Mouse.

Oh, and to finish, here’s your official BRAPA mask as spotted in the City Arms in Cardiff. Well done on finishing Cambridgeshire, you hero.

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27 thoughts on “LESS THAN DRY-JANUARY ’19 STOCKTAKE

  1. > In a nutshell, 83% of the GBG ticked, but I need 366 more pubs by the time the new Guide is out (Christmas ?) to hit my 91% target.

    Christmas of what year ?

    What does the yellow highlighting indicate on the spreadsheet ?

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  2. I misread Hoppy Brains Bitter in that cat picture.
    All being well I shall be back in the Circus Tavern at the beginning of April. Free sausages there again might mean that I needn’t bother with the Lost Dene earlier in the day.

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  3. “A month in each of Devon, Dorset and West Wales would help”
    92 in Devon looks the most which is three a day for a month, and a month’s quite quick considering that the Devonian geologic period spanned sixty million years

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    1. 55 in Cumbria plus the Aberdeen & Grampian and Highlands & Western Isles look even more challenging !

      Of course, the hills, rivers and long journeys were put in place to help keep the GBG-tickers’ alcohol consumption in line with Government limits.

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      1. Cumbria will be an exciting adventure, although Mrs RM might find the WiFi a tad weak in some of those hilly rural areas !

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  4. Those 92 Devon pubs, look a tall order, and West Wales quite a challenge as well, given the large geographic spread. Good luck with those negotiating “skills”, I think you might need them!

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  5. Aw just look at that delicious spreadsheet. I agree with Fred re 100% target! Offer of chauffeuring to some awkward ones remains open of course, whilst recognising your preference for local explorations best done by bladder-busting bus journeys. Good progress with only really half a dozen highly challenging areas/tallies.

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  6. “Dryanuary was a triumph; 51 new Beer Guide pubs”

    The irony is palpable. 😉

    “that may require some exceptional negotiation skills.”

    All of us married men can sympathise. 🙂

    “awaiting Luke & The Two Mudgies, a North-West Skiffle Band in the making. ”

    Right up there with the Travelling Wilburys. 🙂

    “And the last (of the month) shall be first.”

    Well, it is Sunday so you’re allowed to be a bit preachy today. (LOL)

    “I rated four pints close to perfect;”

    Getting soft in your old age.

    “here’s your official BRAPA mask”

    Crikey! Technology can be downright frightening at times!

    Cheers

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