PRE-EMPTIVE TICKS IN KIRKWALL. DOES A SINGLE MALT COUNT ?

Five Kirkwall GBG pubs ticked, and it’s only 7pm as we enter what professionals call “Pre-emptive time”. This is where CAMRA comes in, What Pub providing a list to all the cask outlets in Kirkwall, the closest of which attempts to bewilder us with its pointy arrows. The Neuk was closed, the Bothy Bar was… Continue reading PRE-EMPTIVE TICKS IN KIRKWALL. DOES A SINGLE MALT COUNT ?

Despite Garth Brooks, the St. Ola in Kirkwall was a classic

9th September 2022. We’d ticked three of the Kirkwall Five, and our research confirmed the Auld Motor Hoose wasn’t closing any time soon, so let’s Do the Ola (a popular dance move in 1950s Orkney). The beer in St Ola wasn’t the best of the night (but still a cool NBSS 3), but I’ve rarely… Continue reading Despite Garth Brooks, the St. Ola in Kirkwall was a classic

“Chiquitita”, arm wrestling and more than adequate cask. No Mallaig malaise…

Last post I was rehashing old material filling in the gaps from the mini posts from The First Great Scottish Beer Guide Assault in late August. We’d arrived in Mallaig at 11pm, keen to find out from locals how to pronounce Sgeir Dhearg, Rubha na h-Acasirseid and (Come on) Eileen na h-Acairseid, all of which… Continue reading “Chiquitita”, arm wrestling and more than adequate cask. No Mallaig malaise…