An American Brewer mate of mine from years ago, in an act of kindness and generosity, recently sent me a case of his beer, including a new Imperial IPA. I won't name names except to say it is West Coast. I was looking forward to trying the six different beers within.
It arrived safe in the UK and a note from UPS when I was at NWAF said they'd tried to deliver it and no-one was in. Could I re-arrange? I did so and the day before it was due to come, I had a phone call. UPS tell me they have had a major raid at their Manchester warehouse and my shipment, along with many others has been stolen. I should inform the shipper I was told, as will they, as they are of course insured. Well that's fine and dandy then. Not.
I was almost speechless. I am not sure which infuriates me most, that some Manchester scallies are scoffing my lovely beer, or, more likely, have discarded it as not their sort of thing, or an international parcel service that is so insecure and incompetent that its warehouse can be so easily raided.
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. He also judges beer at both the International Beer Challenge and the World Beer Awards.
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