On Saturday I fancied watching the football. OK I dreaded watching the football as it was Scotland v England, but I still wanted to see it. I like the suffering you see. Of course we could have watched it at our flat, but I like to watch such things in the pub. Among people. I had also just come back from my holidays abroad and after generic 5% lager, I fancied a pint or two of real ale. As you do. In two different pubs - we switched pubs at half time - the beer was poor. Usual problems of it being warm and flat and in the first, nobody that I saw at least, was drinking it, while in the other, it was just not kept well enough. So far, so normal. I was after all in London where it is foolish to believe that hope will overcome experience, especially in summer.
Next day we walked along Wapping High Street and we had a drink in Sam Smith's Captain Kidd. E likes it there, but then she has a higher tolerance of the Wapping set than I do. I had Sam's Wheat Beer - I wasn't chancing the cask - and E a half of Pure Brewed Lager. I believe it was the best part of seven quid the pair in this "cheap" Sam's outlet. We left after one and continued our walk and as we neared the flat, debated another drink in a pub. We decided on balance not to and nipped in to Sainsbury's to buy a Sunday Times. Being lushes, we also bought a cheapo bottle of wine for just under £7.50 for both wine and newspaper. Back at the flat we read the paper and supped the wine. It kept us going for over three hours for around 70p more than our OK-but -nothing- special beer in the Captain Kidd. And the wine, (on offer of course) was just fine as a background accompaniment to the Sunday paper.
No wonder people sup at home. No wonder pubs are empty. And some galoots will tell you we aren't paying enough for beer!
I'm not picking on Sam's here. It would have been seven notes almost everywhere in E1.
The football wasn't that bad either as it turned out.comparatively speaking.
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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