Yes, some dickhead really did mansplain that to his other half. I’d have photographed him but I’ve never mastered selfies.
When I arrived just before 7, Mrs RM was already in the BrewDog on Castlegate, opposite the flagship Spoons.
A bit like when you say you’re going to America people want to know if you’re going to the Bud factory, loads of folk had asked about my plans to visit BrewDog on home soil (nearly).
I was never going to NOT visit them, GBG or not, but it’s hard to know quite what to say that you can’t deduce yourself by a trip to Norwich or Leeds or Shoreditch.
First things first. No (Live) real ale, nor in any of the BDs in Aberdeen. That experiment didn’t last long, did it ?
Castlegate was certainly busy, and Mrs RM had inadvertently nabbed a table with a sticker saying “Reserved for Archie from 7“. She’d bought herself a cutting-edge collaborative brew (OK, she’d brought the strongest one on the list) and she wasn’t going anywhere.
If it was in the Guide I suspect BRAPA may have enjoyed the fuss if “Archie” had turned up 5 minutes late and Mrs RM had claimed forfeiture of his seat.
What can I say ? I only had a sip (not dregs) of the Juicy IPA, quite nice (QN 3).
But it was too busy, everyone was aged 21-25, we were going to have to wait an hour for chips, “Archie” might be scary, etc etc, so we cut our losses and headed for BD2, the original (thanks Leon), round the corner from the majestic misty Marischal.
A quieter Dog, lacking that spicy salad we like but with decent pizza. But frankly, we could have been in Frankie & Benny’s. Given the soundtrack was Ocean Colour Scene and Supergrass (“Alright”) it could have been a Frankie & Benny’s from 1996.
I quite like consistency of range in a brewery’s pubs, which is just as well as the BrewDog list is looking a tad samey these days.
I think I may have followed the Dead Pony Club and Elvis Juice with the barley wine, probably illegally. We’ll see if she gets it through expenses.
You’ll remember my job was to protect Mrs RM from the perils of excess BrewDog, so we didn’t stay for the board games.
BrewDog seemed to be doing quite well on a wet Wednesday in March. A third outlet in the indoor shopping centre was also busy and had a greeter at the door handing out menus, which tells you where they’ve pitched that one. Their food is their strong point, oddly.
They were just about to open a “branch” in Inverurie, which is a bit like Cloudwater launching in Marple. And their new Draft House, which I wasn’t allowed into the soft launch of cos I’m not an awesome influencer, promises cask.
One thing stands in their way. Price. You can get a superior pint of Punk for £2.99 in the Spoons in town. And lets face it, Spoons are more fun.