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!
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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