Tonight I’ll be working on my Stocktake for December (Spoiler: lots of pubs) and the Annual Retired Martin Awards for 2019. If you can guess my PubMan of the year you win two pints of ESB.
In the meantime, what does 2020 promise for the pubber. Inspired by Pub Curmudeon’s review of the decade, I put my thinking cap on (it’s a bobble hat).
The good news first. 1 January 2020 brings a new batch of Spoons vouchers into play. The bad news is that Spoons will probably be the only pubs open in January where you can get a drink.
Once in, expect ever weirder jam jars
Dogs in the way of the bar
Less info on pumpclips, more on electronic beerboards
The cob v roll v bap debate will rumble on
Ill-fitting T-shirts worn by your favourite bloggers
No-one will understand how lacings work
Vinegar bottles will feature in 5% of my photos
Loo wall graffiti will get even classier
And Simon will fall over after six pints.
But the big shock will come in May when Sir Humphrey Smith bans pints in all his pubs, with all beer served in tekus. Old Mudgie will rage against it in June.