Here's Robert the publican, with his wife, looking pleased with the whole occasion.
SO what takes your fancy for a good evening out? Or maybe a good night in...?
They used to stock all the Valhalla beers from Unst but for some reason these have a very short shelf life and as the hall is only open Fri, Sat, Sun, they were having to dump a lot so stopped selling them.
Congratulations to "your" mine hosts Nick.
I'm also fond of our local pub, The Suie and its landlord, Mike, not to mention the Cairngorm Brewery Trade Winds they have on draught. The Sheepshagger in bottles is quite good too.
ps: maybe an Irish whiskey or two, too?
Dunedin High school has a bagpipe band and the town has an annual highland games competition in a nearby park. Dunedin is a picturesque town of about 37,000 with a Main street of small shops and individually owned restaurants. There is a jogging and biking trail that goes past the brewery and runs the length of the county. The brewery gets a lot of thirsty visitors from the trail!
All my locals are, basically, sports bars - pool, big screens etc. There are places in Gloucester where there are no screens and the muzak is not too loud, but for a "proper" pub I have to get into the car and out into the country - no fun that.
I remember sampling some Kentish beers when I lived in SE London and one sister's in-laws lived in Sheerness.
Well done the hosts for getting the award, they must have found the right mix!
Alan, I'm sorry to hear about your beer situation. I'd opt for the wine in such circumstances too. Presumably the've thought of having smaller quantities.... I expect it's not economical. Sad, but true.
Lewis, I have fond memories of a good evening or two at your house! I'm brushing up a new song or two for next time. I have trouble with whisky, though. I find it hard to distinguish from Fairy Liquid....
Ludite, that is indeed Mild on draught. Not common at all. They also had some apple ale the other night, but I didn't try it, I'm afraid. We get Doombar down south sometimes, and very nice it is too. And a west country beer called "Tribute", which is really excellent. You say you avoid the music. Is that because it is not to your taste, or you just prefer a bit of peace and quiet?
James, I have fond memories of drinking Guinness in Dublin and On the Dingle Peninsula, as well as lots of impromptu diddly-diddly music. Fantastic! I remember one small bar, cunningly combined with the post office. Maybe they just post their patrons home at the end of the evening....
"Now den! Would you be havin' a point o' Guinness?"
"Would dat be a slow point or a fast point...?"
"Err... I'll have a slow pint, please.."
"Fer sure! Now den, would you be havin' a quick point. Jus' whoile yer waitin'...?"
Ken, I'll gcome back to you once I've looked at your link.
Dave, we have a fair few real ale pubs around, but we have lost maybe a dozen or more within a few miles in the last 3 or 4 years. There is quite a strong music tradition going on locally too, which is good. But I don't think you get that so much in towns when they just have to pull punters in any way they can.
Peneasy, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "red beer". (I assume it's not Watney's Red Barrel"!! Ugh!!) The Man of Kent doesn't serva any of the usual mass-market lagers, but they do serve a bewildering array of Belgian lagers, including cherry lager, which comes out red, besides other fruit lagers. Could that count as one or more of your "5 a day"? (That's recommended portions of fruit and veg.) Is that the sort of thing you had in mind?
By the way, you may or may not know the significance of the name. A 'Man of Kent' is one born south of the River Medway. I, being born north of the Medway, am a Kentish Man. It's important, y'know!
(But they still let me in!)
And to avoid abrupt endings we'll usually regroup the next day to discuss the evening over a dim sum lunch and a game of mah jong, a quick trip out to the Britons protection (which sells over 150 types of whyskey and some lovely ales.
A week night in my local kings arms (theatre and bands upstairs) cannot be beaten.
Most nights we would be the only two white folk in the place.
Very! ...and I had a pint yesterday evening over the lake Maggiore' scenery (30 DegC. at 21:00 local time)Nick wrote:Oh! That's altogether different! 7.2% That's falling-over water! Does it taste good?
We usually ride as a large group somewhere north of the city and visit whatever Timmies (Tim Horton's is a coffee joint) is at the end. I swear the lead rider enters "Timmies" as his destination on his Tom Tom because that's always where we end up!)
Then we ride back to Toronto and stop off at the Goose and Firkin ("Irish" style pub). Although others drink beer, I won't ride with anyone who does because I value myself and my responsibilities too much.
Please don't think I'm wagging my righteous finger at anyone, ya bunch a lushes! The real reason I won't drink and drive is because I absolutely detest hospital food.....
There is/was a pub of that name in London, one of "Bruce's Brewery" chain (had a micro brewery in the back of each pub.) It was a deliberately tatty place with old sofas and an upright piano that was used almost every night. One of the brews was called Dog Wobbler as I remember. Great place for a sing song!Goose and Firkin ("Irish" style pub)
There was also the "Fox and Firkin" which led to the expression, "For fox sake give us a firkin beer".
Mothers are the best......Bar none.appreciate that my mother is kind and gracious enough to make one night a week available (Wed) to look after Curtis Jr so that I might see the rest of the world...mainly from the pillion position on Sr's motorcycle.
125cc was the biggest Mary ever had (she never took a test) She fell off it and badly burned her leg on the exhaust pipe.But now that I have my own licence, I'd better get a bigger bike. There's no way my little 250cc is going to keep up with the club bikes; they've all got 800cc bikes and up.
You're not a "hells angel" I hope.We usually ride as a large group somewhere north of the city