I can't think of much to write at the moment. Normally I am stimulated by the various blogs that I read and something flies into my mind. Not so this week, though maybe that's fortuitous as my week so far has been dominated by putting together my first edition as editor of our CAMRA branch magazine. It has gone to the publisher now and hopefully when I get it back, it'll look all right. So what else has happened? A replacement case of US beer came to me unscathed from Oregon, so that's a good news story. UPS didn't manage to lose this one. I have promised my pub mates a tasting, so that will have to be arranged. Six different bottles including an Imperial IPA. Can't be bad, but I reckon I'll try them all here first with the lovely E and maybe report back.
Did I mention I was going to Chicago? Probably not, but I have now booked my flight to meet up with my Yankee beer mates, who are flying in from all points of the US. We've been there before on our meet ups, but there seems to be an even better beer scene now and it will be good to mix with Americans who know their beer, have been involved in it at many levels for years and aren't remotely obsessed with strength and rarity. In fact I think some have been banned from popular American based beer sites for talking sense. We'll just seek out good beer and enjoy it and I'm looking forward to a return to Goose Island at Clybourn and a couple of new brewpubs. I don't anticipate any problems with my fried eggs!
It looks like the latter part of April will be busy, as in addition to Chicago (and badly timed as the week before), I'm also going to the Isle of Man*, a favourite place of mine, to the CAMRA AGM. Should be fun. I've put a couple of motions forward which I think might meet with blogger's approval, but I'll wait to see if they appear on the order paper before sharing. Oh and we are off to Frankfurt* in June with our local CAMRA chums on a cider hunt, though I think there might be beer involved.
And tonight I'm off to Robinson's Brewery in Stockport to present them with an award from the Winter Ales Festival for Ginger Tom, so hopefully there will be some available later. I like beers with a bit o' ginger.
So that's it. I'm uninspired, but at least have stuff to look forward to and which should provide some material for blogging. It isn't all bad.
*If anyone tells you Flybe are cheap, they are severely mistaken!
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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