You asked. I said “Oh, get a life“ You asked again, even getting the Americans involved. I relented. Here’s the Spreadsheets; See. No preamble, just numbers. Oh, and a map. I like maps. Actually, I don’t like THAT map, showing the counties completed. Not enough pink. 27 counties done, but far too many with just… Continue reading GOOD BEER GUIDE ’21 – THE SPREADSHEETS
Tomorrow my in-laws return to Royal Tunbridge Wells (sorry, Paul) after fourteen (14) days on holiday in Sheffield, the longest ANYONE has ever spent on holiday in Sheffield. Beyond the jokes, I’ve enjoyed taking them to some classic pubs and watching them drink more cask beer than all of Beer Twitter put together. Though that… Continue reading THE PROBLEM WITH TICKING
Yes, there’s going to be a slimline Good Beer Guide 2022. We’ll (we are all CAMRA) use “best endeavours” to identify 3,600 pubs that are actually open and serving cask, and use a late October launch to promote pubs and real ale, and bring a bit of cash into CAMRA coffers. It’s all kicking off… Continue reading GBG 22 – IT’S HAPPENING !
Last night on the Zoom call we were discussing the Halt to Ticking, and Simon nipped out to get another artisanal beer. I thought it was this one; but on buying one for Mrs RM just now (£1.49, Tesco) it appears that it’s 7.3%. “Better go and buy another one then” shouts Mrs RM from… Continue reading WAIT, THERE WAS A GBG21 ?
Pubmeister, the only man to have completed a CURRENT (as opposed to 1987) Good Beer Guide has been clamouring to see my ticking spreadsheets. His own records of completion are kept on papyrus in the National Archive of Ticking Outputs in Egypt (Bucks). It’s also where Duncan keeps his secret stash of his favourite beer.… Continue reading THE TICKING AND THE DAMAGE DONE
“Greetings to the new brunette” sang Billy Bragg in 1986, before he got woke and left his pap pop behind on Workers Playtime, the best LP of ’88. Today I say Greetings to the new Good Beer Guide 2021, the book we once thought might never happen as pubs closed in March, preventing the vital… Continue reading GOOD BEER GUIDE ’21 – A TRIUMPH IN ADVERSITY
As BRAPA has already told you, the new Good Beer Guide is in the sticky (stop, Russ) hands of Privilege Club members, the brave souls who embody the spirit of the original CAMRA by going to dumpy pubs off the A14 and drinking quick halves. I’m not allowed to tell you about new entries in… Continue reading TICKING IN PINTS
I was going to do an overnighter in the Isle of Wight this week and complete the GBG entries there, but; a) The Isle of Wight doesn’t actually exist, does it ? b) I couldn’t get up at 4am so I could catch the 9am Southsea hovercraft c) Honestly, have you ever suffered the Southern… Continue reading GBG20 – THE BIG SPREADSHEET ISSUE
I’m surprised to get the chance to re-enter the magical world of GBG2020, and with a delayed publication date of 29 October for the 2021 edition I could in theory make some progress with colouring in the Guide. But I can’t go inside pubs in Scotland and Wales yet, and I’m not convinced they want… Continue reading THE BEST LAID PLANS
Well, I’m up-to-date with the blog, for the first time in 37 years. Just in time for a trip to Newcastle tomorrow. So I can now give you my considered views on the new Good Beer Guide. 1. The micropub craze is dead. Only joking. Seven new ones in Tyne & Wear alone, nine in… Continue reading THE BIG STORIES IN THE NEW BEER GUIDE