My local is getting a new landlady. The current incumbent has given it a good shot, but has decided it isn't for her. We've known for ages and the pub has been struggling, as inevitably enthusiasm has waned, particularly as the licensee has a new job. The uncertainty about the future of pubs is is a common enough phenomenon I suppose and at least, though it has taken ages, we are getting someone to take over. Not everyone is that lucky in these days of closures. We are all glad and just want to get back on track beerwise and for a period of stability to commence. There has been a few issues in the period of change, or rather, waiting for change to happen. Beer quality has sometimes been poor, so much so, that yesterday a mass evacuation to the Ship was undertaken. There, there was much relieved supping of quality beer, mostly on cask, but in my case it was Bohemia Regent, which has become a firm favourite.
The date of the handover has been agreed and the new lady - for it is a she - will take over from the 13th August. I've already met her and she tells me she likes her cask ale, so to cement her into that, I gave her a CAMRA membership form.
We have no idea what her plans for the pub are yet, but a liking for cask beer is a very good start.
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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