But we were happy in those days, Myrtle

So, the old “ ‘Myrtle is struggling.’“. Well I remember the days we could sink a few pints of Magnet out by the cricket pitch on a hot sunny afternoon and drink ourselves happy. Actually it was the old **** behind the bar that drove us outside. War memorabilia behind …

A Stunner

Down the Old Badge, we have been blind drunk testing for many months now. And this month the winner for those of us who do not require strength for flavour, is Cotswold Spring’s Stunner. At just 4% this is an award-winning session ale: a pale yellow beauty with lots of …

English Christmas

Washington Irving thought rural England was a refuge from the imaginatively barren landscapes of his native America. In The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820) he described England as a ‘half-mythic land of stage coaches and ivy-covered cottages, festive Christmases and forelocked peasants, high church spires and quaint crooked byways.’ The …

Dogging

I am of course delighted to know that Max is a dog lover. However, I’m not sure he is ready for Paddy at the Old Badger Inn. Every Monday, Paddy installs himself at the bar with a look that reminds me of Kentucky staring into his beer after reading his …

The Old Badger Inn

I am really looking forward to visiting the Old Badger with The Consul and Kentucky in April. I understand how the great British Local is dying but at least for a couple of weeks in April 2013 we’ll do our best to prop it up. I notice that in addition …

(Get a) Grip (on yourself)

Down the Old Badger we have been enjoying the session beer that is Moles Tap. At 3.5% you can drink 4 pints and still only be at the same stage as a pint of 14% wine. Given the time factor involved in drinking half a gallon, you’re virtually sober. And …

Wednesday night…

… is beer night down at Max’s not-Kansas City. So I know he’ll be shining his Bock. I just want to praise my latest fave (sounds like an Elvis P song). Down the Old Badger we have been necking some Prescott Autumn . I want to say that you should …

What have the Romans ?

Returning to the theme of pubs, let us remind ourselves what these perfections of civilization be. When those feet in ancient times walked upon England’s pastures green, they would have encountered the taverna. This is what the romans did for us (apart from the roads and the sanitation, and the …

Still Searching

Searching for the perfect pint is another name for a pub crawl. The pp is not something you pour from a bottle or a can. At least these days the (less than a) pint you pour from a can might be drinkable unlike the old days of the Watneys Party …

Clear as an IPA

I was delighted to read that Max was entering into the spirit of this blog once more and discussing some beers as well as the latest Maxim moistened bint who’s sharpened the graphite in his pecker. Because we have been tutored in the beery ways of righteousness by Kentucky, I …

RSPB

Max’s Judge’s beer prayer is a beautiful thing and reminds us all what this site is meant to be about when Max can get off Maxim. Now, the Royal Society for the Protection of birds has the Avocet as its symbol. Everyone in the UK knows the logo, pretty much …

Lesser Spotted Pig

If anything could tempt Kentucky to come round it’d be a pint of Uley, his favourite tipple from the halcyon days of the Bear. Actually, he usually comes round about 12 hours after 6 pints of Old Spot!

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 …

Future of the Pub?

The Consul has already touched on this. But it is quite worrying to think that in ten years one of the greatest traditions the UK still has going for it (we’re not an Empire any more people, just a fucking Island!), could be all but gone. The biggest single thing …

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 …

Breaking news

“Men give up on the pub! Beer drinking drops by a quarter in just five years as men stay at home….” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076835/Men-lose-taste-consumption-drops-quarter-just-years.html#ixzz1h9p6bCbJ

Pikiwedia says

‘A public house, informally known as a pub, is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. There are approximately 53,500 public houses in the United Kingdom. This number has been declining every year, so that nearly half of the smaller villages no longer …

California Max!

So here I am in sunny California. The weather is amazing, the view from my beach front condo is beautiful, and the first evening of drinking has progressed well. Tonight I visited a pub called OB’s Pub & Grill in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California. I had a few pints …

Perfect Pub

Now, Kentucky, Buffalo Mozarella and I were shooting the breeze while sitting in the garden of the Swan with one n at the front and two nn’s at the back. Spelling, eh? It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, Frenchie was hanging around the bogs, Bob was his usual laid-back self, …