My very last Essex tick* for GBG20 came on the first Saturday of October. Just as well I got it done, opening hours are Connoisseur-esque.
Now, I come to praise Leigh-on-Sea Brewery not to bury it, but it really isn’t in Leigh.
As you see, very definitely in Eastwood, which made a sterling job of hosting the Oakwood in the Guide a few years back.
Yes, all the evidence was that I was in Eastwood.
As I passed the row of five successive takeaways in the arcade along the A1015, a mass protest asking for the Tap to be shown under Eastwood in GBG21 walked past. Find the petition online.
You might not find the brewery itself in the dark, tucked up a lane behind Progress Motors and Sapphire Packaging.
But us tickers love a challenge.
Look for this
Now, I only had their beer in Brighton last week, so they’re obviously getting their beers into discerning free houses.
But what will I make of a brewery tap, forced into polite conversation with a friendly barman.
Pretty much what I felt about the Crouch Vale place last year, I guess.
Why can’t I be in a nice warm pub ?
But the beer…
“Is it OK, I’ve only just changed it”
“It’s LoveLeigh” I said, before realising what a prat that made me sound.
But it was, possibly the beer of the year, stunningly rich and bitter (NBSS 4).
“It doesn’t taste like homebrew” I added, unnecessarily.
I took a bottle of the 9% Stout back for Mrs RM. I’d love to tell you that was good too, but unfortunately Mrs RM had drunk it before I returned with her Chinese takeaway. I’m too good to that gal.
*Not that impressive, the only others were Maldon and Colchester.