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;
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.
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.
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.
New GBG Pub of the Month – Town Mouse, Newcastle
And the last (of the month) shall be first.
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,
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.