Grief, I nearly forgot to jump on the bandwagon by doing a new Good Beer Guide post on official launch day, the nation’s second favourite after
my birthday Ed Balls Day.
First things first. Thanks to all the CAMRA volunteers who recommend and score pubs. They do a fantastic job. Ignore the naysayers who tell you otherwise.
Of course, us Prestige members, the ones who keep CAMRA’s noble cause (whatever it is this year) going, have been ticking new pubs for 12 days now.
And even before the book landed on doorsteps in York and Carluke, we had enough licensees declaring their entries to enable me to produce an embryonic Guide.
Duncan and Simon were up at 5am finishing their posts, both of them definitive if that’s possible. Read them now.
It would be lovely to see some new young blood in the ticking game, you know. It’s a great way to meet new “friends” and lose all your savings and self-respect.
The initiation ceremony at Maidenhead Conservative Club isn’t so bad, bar the green pen, and I’ll let you nip in the Honeypot for a pre-emptive tick. Or some sort of tick, anyway.
To be honest I’m still a week away from the scholarly analysis of the Guide, having been stuck at a music festival listening to angry Scots in a Dorset field, Duncan sending me random page extracts to taunt me with new pubs I couldn’t reach.
The big news is there’s a new trip to Maidenhead. For the Maiden’s Head. Bet you can’t wait.
That’s one of 832 pubs I’d need to visit to complete the whole Guide this year and join Pubmeister and the lady who’s done all Spoons among the ticking legends.
I won’t manage 832, but I might make 605 this year, which would get me to 95%.
This was the first of those 605.
Ten points for identifying this hotbed of socialism.
I’m feeling #BeerPositive, 12 days in, 12 pubs up, and only 1 pint below NBSS 3. But at least I got this T-shirt as well as that below par pint.
I’ll be easy to spot in Buckinghamshire this year.