Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Brace of Bloggers


Yesterday I met Rabidbarfly in the Marble Arch for a pint or two. The beer of choice for both of us was Pint, which was on splendid form. The pub was awash with a sea of blue and Suvern accents, as it had become, temporarily, a home for the cask ale seeking, play off attending, AFC Wimbledon fan. They all seemed to be enjoying beer from the wickets at what was, for them, bargain prices. The odd Luton fan was there too and Glyn and I remarked how often a subset of football fans seek out the better pubs. I remember that too from my Oldham FC days, bumping into blue clad Latics fans in decent pubs in Nottingham, Sheffield and other such places, back when Oldham were in the Premier League. (And less salubrious places when they weren't.)

Later that day, after my meeting and after a few throat charmers, I called in to the Angel for a last couple. Hawkwshead Five Hop and Windermere Pale were the beers of choice in a pretty packed pub. I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned round to see a grinning Darren Turpin of Blog O' Beer who was out celebrating his wedding anniversary with his lovely wife Jo. I thoroughly enjoyed the chat with them, while hoping I wasn't spoiling their evening too much, as I felt I may have just been slightly the worse for wear by then.

So there you have it. Two bloggers in one day. Great to see them both.

For my London readers, that white thing on the beer is a head!

7 comments:

Adrian Tierney-Jones said...

I remember Oldham in the top flight, I think they beat us at Highbury once — they’d probably beat us at the Emirates these days as well…

Birkonian said...

There were Wimbledon fans celebrating in the Dispensary, Liverpool last night as well.

Leigh said...

There's no reason why Sports and Real Ale shouldn'nt mix. I know many real ale guys who will happily talk footy as much as other on-topic issues such as Keg beer! (only kidding). One of the reasons I drink at Foley's so often is because they show the footy - in a convivial, non-twatty atmosphere, with cracking beer.

Rabidbarfly said...

Great day had by all, good to see you!

"Eddie Rowles" said...

For us (see www.dafts.co.uk and my own blog) going to football and drinking good beer is one and the same thing and part of a great day out. I learnt long ago to not rely on the football.

And there is also the Football and Real Ale guide (http://www.footballandrealaleguide.co.uk/) that my mate Stedders runs - these were initially booklets but that became too much hassle to keep going each season...

Bailey said...

On a related note, here's something of ours from several years ago. I reckon the kind of awkward sod who supports AFC Wimbledon is very likely to be awkward about beer, too...

(Note: awkward here is used as a term of affection, and is synonymous with 'free thinking'...)

Darren T said...

It was a pleasure to bump into you and chat for a while, Mr T. And thank you very much indeed for the anniversary pints! Definitely my round next time we meet up :)