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
Grief, I nearly forgot to jump on the bandwagon by doing a new Good Beer Guide post on official launch day, the nation’s second favourite after my birthday Ed Balls Day. First things first. Thanks to all the CAMRA volunteers who recommend and score pubs. They do a fantastic job. Ignore the naysayers who tell… Continue reading HAPPY NEW GOOD BEER GUIDE 2020 DAY !
“Greater love hath no man than this; that he would give up his own ticking time to drive his friends around the pubs of the western Home Counties” At least “psychological support“* was provided as the trips came dangerously close to both Aylesbury and Maidenhead. Another tremendous day for being retired. This was the view… Continue reading CHAUFFEUR TO THE STARS