My notes petered out after the Slater’s bar, which is always a good and a bad sign.
Given that the Shrewsbury Arms was pub No. 5 for some of us, a slowing down was inevitable. Not that this was a Pub Crawl of Preston Proportions.
In truth I’d only intended to do the three GBG newbies, but how can you walk past this beauty?
“Oooh, is that a new pub and might it be a prospective pre-emptive tick ?”
Well, the Shrewsbury Arms has had a couple of years under Black Country’s “care”, so ample chance to make the Guide.
It’s a bit simpler than some of their houses, but no less comfortable and pubby for it.
Seven ales here. Look closely.
I bet you thought Paul had the Dunton Hopoholic, didn’t you ?
Surprise ! We all had the Brew XI. I surreptitiously made sure I had the 3rd one pulled, which didn’t go unnoticed.
The young landlord was very chatty but I never quite worked out how he’d opted for a beer routinely rubbished on CAMRA Discourse, but which I now know to be a mighty fine beer in the right hand; crisp, chewy and refreshing (NBSS 3.5).
Don’t expect to see it at IndyMan (or the Manchester Beer Festival) though.
And yes, I was very tempted to go for that other forgotten classic.