WARNING : CONTAINS CRAFT
5pm on a Friday night on the mean streets of central Aberdeen.
Mrs RM was still turning the University IT off and on again, I was lugging around my overnight bag (mainly phone rechargers), and I had no new GBG ticks to do, unless I jumped on the ferry to Orkney. Wish I had now.
Time for the Craft run for which the Granite City is world famous.
They’ve even produced a little leaflet (top). In kilometers !
In the West End you get Swizzels.
And Swizzels flavoured DIPA sours, probably.
I would have started at the chain that invented craft, but the queue for Tennent’s in the Archibald Simpson stretched to the door.
The queues were no easier in the Brew Dog over the road.
Nowhere to it to enjoy the
Draught Bass Off Duty Clown,
so I turned A Different Corner and popped in Fierce.
Good grief ! Can you tell the difference ?
I won’t lie, I was missing Mrs RM, she’d have done this justice. Sipping a lovely half of Late Shift (as a homage to Mrs RM’s IT efforts) on my own wasn’t the same, however good the beer.
No cask, of course, ugh!
But there was cask in the next one, despite the big red T and the Brew Dog ownership of the Draft House aka Hop & Anchor.
When I left Aberdeen in Spring this place was just about to open.
It was a tad quieter than Fierce and the Dog, but ticking over and with a wide range of punters who’d nabbed the comfy chairs, leaving me a high table.
Excitingly, the cask from Stewart was also under £3 a pint on days with a y in them, and was certainly GBG standard (rich, smooth, NBSS 3). But the squid was the highlight, as so often.
That, and the men’s toiletries, the best range I’ve ever seen. No Brut though.
I’ll be gutted if it isn’t in GBG21, hopefully shutting the day BRAPA arrives in town.