Friday, 11 November 2011

Briefly in Glasgow


Visiting my old Mum involves going though Glasgow en route to the Clyde coast and Dumbarton. Shaking off the effects of the journey usually has me nipping in for a quick pint before catching the train from Queen St, a five minute walk from Central Station. I used to always go to the Drum and Monkey, but for a while it has been reduced to the ubiquitous Deuchar's IPA and the ridiculous Caley 80 bob, so I by-passed it for the cavernous Counting House and its many handpumps. There was a lot of unappealing dark stuff on, but my eye alighted on a Nelson Sauvin pumpclip. Such was the crush at the bar, I couldn't get to see much more, but it was from Tryst  brewery and a fine and distinctive quaffer, which hit the spot after my journey.

A quick visit to the nearby - well just over the road - Camperdown Place, saw a poor choice. I plumped for Goff's Jouster after a taste, but it was one of those beers that fools you.  The more you had of it, the more unpleasant it became. I ditched it and had a half of Abbot, my first in years and you know, I quite enjoyed it.

The next day saw me window shopping in Glasgow prior to taking Mum for a curry.  Back to the Counting House, with Mum remarking that she misses her odd outing to them, as "a pub is a much better to have a drink in than home". Indeed Mum.  Jaipur was a touch green and not clear, as often it seems to be. My twitter enquiries about other folks' experiences with this beer fell on deaf ears however. Is it just me then?  Our curry house was two doors up from BrewDog Glasgow.  We were between buses, so went in.  I liked the place a lot and though they were probably bemused by both me and Mum, they treated us well.  All keg of course and my half of 77 lager was unappealingly watery - that again - and the Zeitgeist had somehow mislaid its mojo on the long journey from Fraserburgh to Glasgow.  Still, it had to be done and it was.

I'll draw a line under our late lunch the next day and my pints of Draught Guinness and Tennents Lager.  Both awful, but suffice to say, Guinness particularly seems in rapid decline taste wise, with its over-cooked, stale cardboard flavour and its thinness. The Tennents just tasted watery and watered down, which it is.  A couple of days later, on the way back  to Manchester,  I had a quick pint of Harviestoun Natural Blonde which was pretty good, with a snappy, refreshing hop taste and a slight spicy wheatiness. The pumpclip may well offend some though.  Time for one more before my journey.  I popped into the Drum and Monkey and five beers were on. I opted for a half of Ilkley Lotus IPA. I had to ask for a sparkler, which caused the very personable East Coaster behind the bar to grimace, confiding in me that he disliked them. We agreed to differ and chatted amiably. He now looks after the beer and is a stickler for both choice and quality. He berated the previous regime, as is customary, but I surmised instantly that he'll be an asset to the pub.  As always in pubs, get the staffing and beer right and you are on a winner. The Lotus was splendid, so much so, that I had another quick half, before hot footing it round the corner to Trans Pennine Express and the railway line southwards.

So a mixed bag in very limiting circumstances in Glasgow, but overall, not so bad.

If you ever want a very decent curry, tapas style, Mother India Cafe can be combined with BrewDog Glasgow, right opposite the Kelvin Hall.

10 comments:

Alan said...

Now I know why we get along so well. Mom's from Largs and Dad's from Greenock.

RedNev said...

The last time I went for a drink in Glasgow, the pubs stopped serving at 10 p.m. with no drinking up time.

Barm said...

That must have been a long time ago.

RedNev said...

December 1972.

Oogywawa said...

Pity you didn't manage to get to the excellent "West" bar and brewery at Glasgow Green - excellent selection of beers brewed on the premises and a decent food menu.

Oogywawa said...

Pity you didn't manage to get to the excellent "West" bar and brewery at Glasgow Green - excellent selection of beers brewed on the premises and a decent food menu.

beermunster said...

Next time you are in the vicinity of Kelvingrove, I would recommend that you walk about 400 yerds further west from the Brewdog Bar to the truly excellent Three Judges. With 10 hand pumps on the go, it serves some truly excellent beer.

Tandleman said...

Alan - That indeed explains it

RedNev - Time for a return visit.

Oogy - Been there

Beermunster - I know it well

Bailey said...

It was nice to read the running commentary on Twitter of your pub crawl and curry with your mum. Disappointed you didn't push on to a nightclub, but hey ho...

I recall quite liking Abbot once upon a time but, as with a few other GK beers, it's so often served in mediocre pubs that don't look after it, I've come to think of it as a bad beer. Must give it another chance somewhere good some time.

scissorkicks said...

Are Zeitgeist and 77 Lager still brewed at Meantime in London? I know they were at one point certainly.

As others have said, The Three Judges is excellent, as is West - its Franconian style lagers are excellent.

On the cask side, I'm also a fan of The Blackfriars in Merchant City (also usually has good bottles) and The Bon Accord. On the southside, Clockwork has been good in the past, but I've heard reports that it's a bit jaded at the moment.

Glasgow is one of my favourite cities.