Last night was our monthly branch meeting which was held in Thwaite's Two Tubs in Bury. This is a decent venue for us, our requirement being a separate room where we can discuss boring beer business in seclusion. These days, pubs like that are hard to find. I drank Wainwright's which was pale, decent and 4.1%. Like a lot of beers from regional brewers, it was a bit tight on the hops. Some, not so lucky, tried the bitter which was decidedly "iffy". The well regarded Lancaster Bomber ran out mid way.
The room is slightly unusual, being partitioned by a wooden pull across screen which effectively cuts it in two. The other half of the room, which had its own bar, was hosting an Ann Summers Party, which as the evening drew on became more and more raucous. A host of giggling women of all ages, shapes and sizes flitted in and out. At one point the lights went off in our side of the room leaving us in semi darkness. One brave CAMRA soul popped his head in to investigate next door, only to find himself facing a luminous red dildo of infeasible dimensions! At the end the by now pissed Ann Summers participants came out through our half of the room clutching their newly acquired lingerie and marital aids, flushed and happy.
We grinned at them as they went on their way. I think we were all cheered by it and we, like they, got the evening's business done!
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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