The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

Searching for the Perfect Pint?

Drinking Highlights

Drinking times
Many years ago it was only possible to drink at...
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Patient Painting
It is a little known fact that Kentucky studied medicine...
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Breaking news
"Men give up on the pub! Beer drinking drops by...
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See Smell Taste
Yes, it is time to salute one of the West...
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Hit me there!
One of the great heroines of beer drinking was my...
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The Long Walk to Freedom
Leaving Lebanon behind, it seems Kentucky then missed the last...
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Putting the Great back in Britain!
I was checking out the Olympics medal board tonight and...
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FYOILF
So in celebration of 40 years since The Clash's first...
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A True Snakebite?
One of the great things you do when you're at...
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Recent Posts

50 p per unit

Now, back in the day Kentucky could get four pints and a packet of cheesy wotnots up at the Manor for one of your British pound notes (yes, he’s that old). Now, the Prime Minister of our ‘Great’ country, about whom, as Max noted, I have had reason to complain, …

Micropubs

‘NFL’ they proclaim. Choice and differentiation are the order of the day, barman. So, to combat the chains, gastropubs and closures, arise the micropub. An invention the drinkingman would favour? Well, no. It might appeal to some, but only if you’re a beardy, real ale antediluvian who thinks that the …

Cheeky

Nice to see the boys and some quality cheek action – thanks Consul! I find myself drinking ESB, Old Speckled Hen, Shiner Bock, and some cider on a more regular basis these days. For years I have primarily drunk that Texas favorite Shiner Bock and only pulled out some British …

Just for Max

Cheers mate. You can’t beat a pint of black when on tour in the home country of every fucking American president since the world began. We ordered two pints of Guinness, then asked for a wine for the lady, Sorry, said the barman. ‘Cider?’ Sorry. ‘Lemonade?’ Sorry. ‘Another pint of …

The best lyric?

Possibly my favourite lyrical couplet opens up Steely Dan’s ‘Here at the Western World’: ‘Down at the Lido they welcome you With sausage and beer’ My preferred food and drink together is a perfect prospect. However, needing a picture to accompany the lines I asked Frenchie for some input. He …

The Perfect Pub

As I have mentioned previously, the perfect pint is best appreciated in the perfect pub. In fact, take away the pub and you are simply left with a beer in a glass. Pretty much nobody drinks a pint at home. A bottle, a can, 500 ml, or some other metrification. …

Coxwold

We had feared the worst of the best: Theakston’s. However Theakston’s is now an independent again and a well-kept pint of their best bitter was a treat at the Fauconberg Arms. Pleasant staff, a place for muddy boots, and a real fire to send the steam rising off my sodden …