Today’s tidy up produced a hoard of 27 new CAMRA magazines for US Dave to collect on his next visit, probably to the Maidenhead Murk Mania In May festival.
Confession: I printed Ullage out off the web for this photo, as the copy I had was dog-eared, but at least it’s not burnt.
No favourites this year, they’re all good, though some acted better as protection against the rain (thanks Notts).
If the WiFi isn’t working and there aren’t copies of The Countryman from 1955, the local magazine is what the unsociable pubber relies on to pass 15 minutes with a
pint half dregs.
I’m impressed that local branches can produced such quality publications; along with the GBG and WhatPub they’re one of CAMRA’s key campaigning tools.
Nice to have such a good read back in central Manchester,
but of course Stockport has the bonus of the mysterious P Edwardson Esq to give us those honest assessments of beer quality we so love.
Stocky (& co) is one of the few branches I’ve seen where you get reports on visits to normal backstreet pubs outside the GBG circuit, and faithful reports on quality.
I don’t expect NBSS scores, though they’d be welcome, as I understand they can get misinterpreted by local publicans.
But it would be good to hear more about consistent good quality of stock beers, rather than long lists of one-off beers and ABVs; that’s what Imbiber is for.
Also, I don’t want pubs scored by their discounts offers, but I’m sure that’s a topic best debated, endlessly, on Discourse.
What does impress me is little guides like this one in Maldon, a little late for Joan and Dave’s visit, which writes about ALL of the local pubs, real or keg. It’s a joy.
Anyway, Dave, they’re waiting for you in a Lidl bag underneath the milk empties.