What a month September was.
In sport, England won the Ashes after the Aussies returned home before the 100 ball decider, Liverpool clinched the Premier League, and VAR was cheered to the rafters in Tottenham.
and half of the Southworth clan made it to the UK’s most socialist Spoons in Maldon.
Just to prove I can be nice about London, this was my view of the month.
September saw me in South London, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Doncaster, Maidenhead, Horsham, Hertford, Norwich and Wycombe. Only one of those isn’t worth a two week holiday in November.
Of course, the highlight came early with the arrival of the new Good Beer Guide.
And I was off to a flier, merrily ticking sixty (60) new GBG pubs in Month 1 of GBG ’20. I need at least 50 a month, remember.
That took me well ahead of Duncan, who’d been dispatched to Moldova to find Non-League moth pre-emptives, and BRAPA, who’s been walking Hardian’s Wall looking for the “Welcome to Scotland” sign.
Beer quality was pretty impressive in the first week, possibly because it was nearly all Greene King IPA, but had tailed off by Whittlesey, which nevertheless provided the pub slouches of the month, and the best fashion range.
NEW PUB OF THE MONTH – TYNEMOUTH SOCIAL CLUB
First win for a social club. Ever. Wonderful folk, and I get to drink Newcy Brown for the first time too, sparking a lifelong interest in Dutch beers.
The Ashton Tap really ought to be joint winner, so it is .
BEER OF THE MONTH – PEDIGREE IN THE ELM TREE, CAMBRIDGE
Never heard of it before, will probably never see it again.
All the beers and pubs on that Monday afternoon with Old Mudgie and West Suffolk Andrew were superb.
Three nights in Crewe to start the month, with trips to the Etihad, Stafford and IndyMan from a picturesque Cheshire base.
Then the Southworth brothers tip up for a series of inadvisable pub crawls round northern towns, culminating in Leek, which sounds unmissable.
Apart from that, I’ll be targeting the places that become more inaccessible as we get into Winter (which according to pubs has already started); places like Holy Island, Greenock and Windsor.