THE 5pm PINT OF XB MAN

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On to my last Lincolnshire Beer Guide pub, always a bittersweet moment. Something to do with the diacetyl, I guess.

Not a great county, for pubs or beer, but that’s not really the point of all this, is it ?

In Lincolnshire, it’s often about windmills.

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(I)
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(II)

This is Burgh-le-Marsh, a pretty village 5 miles and 5 billion light years from bracing Skegness, which I so enjoyed last year.

Burgh

It’s now bypassed, so greebos from Grantham don’t stop and litter kebab wrappers on their way home from the coast at weekends, leaving Burgh bucolic.

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Craft buried here

I wasn’t exactly mown down in the rush for the Bell Hotel.

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How the residents want it
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Note proper street bench seating

So what gets the Bell in the beer Guide, when, say, Manchester’s Hare & Hounds isn’t.

Perhaps it’s the George Formby night.

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No Krakatoa

Or the ultra-rare pool/darts/jukebox combo.

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OK. It’s not that rare at all but I’ve got to use the photo

Or the excellent collections of charity boxes.

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National and local charities a good sign

Or the extensive range of beers brewed under a Skegness railway arch.

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One beer is plenty

You can imagine how thrilled I was to see a lone XB handpump, though if I’m honest there’s been a few too many tired pints of Batemans over recent years. It was good in the Brewery Centre, mind.

And it was good here too, cool and fresh (NBSS 3+). And only Β£3, so a nice symmetry.

The Landlord was a jolly type, astonished I’m come from Cambridge on a Sunday just to visit his pub. Wait till Duncan turns up. The lovably nosey locals will be entranced.

With the bypass meaning little passing trade, and a taxi from Skeggy costing Β£15, trade comes late (10pm late) and locally.

The Landlord told us to expect a regular on the dot of 5pm for his pint of XB and packet of dry roasted.

On the dot.

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17 thoughts on “THE 5pm PINT OF XB MAN

    1. I think they’re the same, just different shade and angle. If you want to see the same beer with different pump clips, there’s a Youngs pub in Bristol near the Cathedral with 4 Bitter pumps spanning the ages.

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    1. The Dark Mild is the only one I’ve seen in a Spoons, and that was probably Grantham which is a high volume cask outlet. I reckon Batemans, along with Elgoods, Arkells and others, have seen a sharp downturn in average turnover per pump this century. Wonder why ?

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      1. Do you ever find yourself wanting to like a regional brewery’s beer so much that you convince yourself to like it? I have an affinity for brewers like Batemans and am often favorable towards their beers. Kind of a weird backwards prejudice…

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      2. I guess so, probably more that I’m keen to find out if I can still find a good Bateman/6X/Arkells in a pub with high turnover.

        In 1997 I had a pint of XB in the Horse & Trumpet in Medbourne, Leics that was nirvana, NBSS 5 stuff. Never got anywhere near since, though I think the Bateman pub at the south wall in York is reliable.

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    2. The Yella Belly is ohhhhhh-k-ish, but since the Hand & Heart was demolished in Stamford I have almost no reason to avoid their beers round here anymore.

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      1. Good point. Stamford would definitely have had some high volume pubs selling family brewery beers 15+ years ago.

        Boston had some basic XB strongholds years back too.

        Genuinely intrigued to know if there’s any Lincolnshire pub selling more than, say, 50 pints of XB a day.

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  1. “Something to do with the diacetyl, I guess.”

    (slow golf clap)

    Well done. A bitter beer with the buttery flavour from the diacetyl. πŸ™‚

    “Craft buried here”

    Blimey. Looks like the setting of a zombie movie or some such.

    “How the residents want it”

    All that’s missing is some tumbleweeds.

    “Note proper street bench seating”

    And Batemans! I have a soft spot for them from Michael Jackson’s Beer Hunter series.

    “Or the ultra-rare pool/darts/jukebox combo.”

    Could be tricky on a busy night.

    “National and local charities a good sign”

    Shouldn’t the blindness bear be wearing dark glasses?

    “Or the extensive range of beers brewed under a Skegness railway arch.”

    Pfft. Arch? It’s all railway crossings around there. πŸ˜‰

    “Wait till Duncan turns up. The lovably nosey locals will be entranced.”

    Or wait till Si shows up!

    “The Landlord told us to expect a regular on the dot of 5pm for his pint of XB and packet of dry roasted.”

    I can relate to that.

    Cheers

    PS – “but I’ve got touse the photo”

    Is ‘touse’ some sort of slang? πŸ˜‰

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