163 DIFFERENT BEERS IN HALIFAX

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24th January 2020

After my slog of a walk into Marple and back I was done. No Manc Beer Fest, no trip to Macclesfield, just a train back to Halifax and bed, where I probably slogged away doing this blog so Dave doesn’t complain.

But by 9.15 I was getting jealous of the fun Duncan was having in preemptive Holmfirth and I’d paid £37 for the room and I’d better get some value out of it.

I popped out to admire the Piece Hall again. As should you.

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I suspect the value of the Piece Hall to Halifax is a complex thing to calculate. The town was full of the sort of folk who a year ago would have gone to The Calls or North Parade for their night out.

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I’d done the new Halifax ticks, I’d done the pre-emptives, and there’s not a lot of “basic boozer” left, Spoons apart.

So I had a look at Pub Paper, the local non-CAMRA guide to pubs with a big dollop of the great Chris Dyson inside it.

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Go to Fax this week !

So up-to-date is this, there was a touching tribute to Terry Jones, who’d died the day before. And, appropriately, some of the worst jokes known to man.

It’s a joy to read, all about pubby pleasures rather than breweries. But it does list the beer the town centre pubs and bars had on that week.

I counted 163 different beers available THAT NIGHT, which makes you wonder why we need big beer festivals at all.

At random, I thought I’d head back to the Victorian.

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Lads!

This was the forerunner of the craft bar boom, the North Bar or Port St Beer House if you like.

It impressed me in 2016, and just as much now.

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All your favourites

Not so much because of the Squawk (NBSS 3+) but the squawking from the lasses on the lash across from me. A top pub attracts all sorts, this one has the lot.

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Lasses !

I texted Duncan, on his way back to Halifax station.

“Do you fancy a half in the Vic, They’ve got that Lervig stout with coconuts and vanilla”

He fancied a last half. But not that one.

9 thoughts on “163 DIFFERENT BEERS IN HALIFAX

      1. But will “four changing beers” include one I like ?
        Up there I’d go for four of Timmy’s beers in one of his pubs.
        No, I don’t know Halifax but we’re due a Proper Day Out there in the summer from the Beer and Pubs Forum.

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  1. A chum of ours enjoys drinking trips away from L**ds to towns nearby (he used to be a serious beer ticker with many thousand to his name -he doesn’t tick these days but is more of a serious drinker,but that’s another story ) & he loves Halifax .We’ve not been for well over 30 years when Websters dominated.I see that the Manic Street Preachers are playing at Piece hall this year -that would be good !

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