I returned to the UK to read confirmation from The Wickingman that all Bass production would move to Samlesbury and switch to keg.
This is news long expected, following continued supply problems and the lack of support for the brand from CAMRAs looking to exclude Bass venues from the GBG on the grounds it’s not approved “Good” beer (see also : Doom Bar).
In truth, the switch to keg may be a blessing in disguise for a beer plagued by troubling variation in quality and head level.
Ian is generally first with the news, coming from Burton, but I’d actually read about the move last week in the cutting-edge “El Celce” (“UK pub and beer news”) on the bar in CEPA, Cordoba’s only craft bar.
The article (I’m fluent in beer, it’s an international language), gives the history of Draught Bass, its discovery by Claude Manet in 1882, and the prospects for craft keg Bass to replace sherry in the bodegas of Seville once production moves to Preston, which the article says is second only to Blackpool in the UK beer scene.
We visited CEPA for a light lunch on our second day in Cordoba. It’s tucked away on a lane next to St Victoria church a minute from our apartment, and pleasingly had irritating (and wrong) opening hours so I felt at home.
A smart place, it wouldn’t be out of place in the Northern Quarter or Kelham Island, with high tables, clean styling,
and the words “Nue” and “local” and “IPA” prominent. Bit cheaper than Port St Beer House, mind.
Mrs RM grabbed the low table with six seats and we sat for half an hour hoping a bigger group wouldn’t then come in and make use feel guilty with only high tables left.
The beers were nothing special, too chilled and carbonated, and the Cordoban pasties (I assume) need a bit of work,
but when they start importing Draught Bass from Samlesbury in 2023, as I suggested to them in my best Spanglish as I left, you’ll be able to visit Cordoba and get a decent beer.