Worcester has seven pubs in the Good Beer Guide, so it's going to be a bonzer place beer wise for a wander round isn't it? Well, not on this showing actually. Firstly we didn't encounter a single beer in what you'd describe as tip top condition. Most were sort of OK, but lacked that sure touch of cellarmanship that marks out really good cask ale.
First up was the Plough, where Purity Gold was the beer of choice. Now this is a splendid beer, but here it was ordinary. The Postal Order,one of the better JDWs, had only Ruddles on offer, as they were getting ready or the Beer Festival. OK tomorrow there would have been brewers and CAMRA talking about beer, tastings and plenty of choice, but the night before? Nothing. We decided that it just wasn't our night and went to the Dragon Inn having had a pint in another GBG pub, whose name, even after checking the GBG, escapes me. (It might have been The Swan?). It was that sort of night. The Dragon Inn wasn't a bad pub, though hardly the friendliest ever and the beers were decidedly ordinary presentation wise, though no complaints about choice, with Millstone, Cannon Royal and Little Ale Cart Bailie Nichol Jarvie. This beer, named after the locomotive, not the whisky, was hoppy and bitter, but sort of died in the glass. Others did enjoy the Millstone, but this to us, was coals to Newcastle.
We bailed out to Abdul's Curry House. This was a class act which everyone enjoyed. My nargis kebab starter was interesting and I'd have it again. We walked back to our digs, fu' as puggies from the food,* despite the moaning of one of our party about taxis. OK he has just had a knee replacement, but taxis for a couple of miles?
Fu' as a puggy means very drunk or full (having overeaten). In our case it was the latter
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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