Even if we hadn’t had the Giants Causeway on the Belfast To Do list, we’d have needed to hit the northern coast as Coleraine was home to my final Northern Irish tick.
Look carefully at the GBG map and you’ll see more breweries than Guide entries outside Belfast. The withdrawal of Spoons from the North has left cask fans bereft, but still needing to fill out a GBG allocation, of course.
We didn’t do Coleraine justice, sorry folks.
Mrs RM and Emma browsed the little market, promising to catch us up, while Matt joined me at Fairlies to see what makes an NI Guide entry.
Well, keg fonts, I guess. I resisted the temptation to tell a 20 year old he must join CAMRA to enter into arcane and pointless discussions about the merit of Key Keg.
They would have been very pointless as they weren’t on anyway, so it was Guinness or bust.
Good Guinness too (NGSS 4).
The lad explained we could bring some interesting beer in from their office and drink it for a corkage charge, but that’s just daft.
Mrs RM and Emma caught up with us, bemused that our GBG pub WASN’T the one with the Bass sign.
“What’s in the offie?” said Mrs RM.
Well, an astonishing collection of spirits, dessert wines and microbreweries. I had two cans of Lacada, both gorgeous.
If, as Tim Webb writes eloquently on Discourse, CAMRA should be about GOOD beer, then perhaps the offie in Coleraine should be in the GBG after all.
Note the matching of the Lacada Stout with the Jammy Joeys and crisps. A masterstroke.