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… 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
I was trying to come up with a witty title but gave up and called this what it was. It’s time to reveal the most bizarre Opening Times in the new Beer Guide. To be clear, there’s two very different issues here; 1.PUBS THAT DON’T STICK TO THEIR PUBLISHED HOURS Pubs that say they’ll… Continue reading OPENING HOURS NONSENSE
The first Good Beer Guide post-Roger* is with us, and a thing of beauty it remains. Until it’s been battered by being dropped, splattered in Chinese takeaway, and generally mistreated so the pages start falling out somewhere in Ilkeston. Before I start, thanks to all the CAMRA volunteers who do the dirty and unheralded work… Continue reading WINNERS & LOSERS IN THE NEW GOOD BEER GUIDE
Sorry. In a Neil Young mood. Harvest time in England, and this Old Man is preparing to reap the Beer Guide for ticks. I’ve just completed my GBG cross-checking to establish which pubs in the 2019 Guide I’ve already done, and how many I’ll need to do to make progress in the next 12 months. … Continue reading GOOD BEER GUIDE ’19 – THE TICKING AND THE DAMAGE DONE
PARENTAL ADVISORY : GEEKY STUFF The new Good Beer Guide landed on top of Mrs RM’s tax bill this morning, ending a fortnight of torment for one of us. Regular reader and top #PubMan Quosh posed the key question. How long does the annual ‘cross-ticking’ take mate? — quosh (@quosh) September 14, 2018 About 12… Continue reading COLOURING IN THE NEW GOOD BEER GUIDE