It all started so innocently. A few pints with a pal that I hadn't seen in over a year because of you know what and, in addition, my first chance of a pub crawl in Manchester City Centre for quite some time. Well - a year ago. With the same pal as it happens. Me having hopped off the bus at Shudehill Bus Station and him having arrived at Victoria, it seemed a good idea on this sunny Manchester day, to start at the "new" Holts pub, in Shudehill.
We left with considerable reluctance for the joys of the Crown and Kettle and its rather large outdoor offering, where again cask pints and great service were had.
Now, it seems that some folks don't like nitro stout or "well known" CAMRA types enjoying it. On Twitter rather a storm of annoyance about this occurred.
Well. It did provoke quite a discussion and rather than go on about it, my point of view could be summed up as below:
No my point wasn’t at the Beer itself.@Tandleman is a High Profile @CAMRA_Official member.— Shane Swindells (@shaneswindells) July 9, 2021
& Nitro beer is akin to the Beer the type of beer the organisation was set up to Campaign against.
Good is whatever you want to drink.
But I personally prefer as natural as possible.
It is funny how tables have turned, but didn't CAMRA with its erstwhile disapproval of keg beer, used to get the same Beer Police allegations thrown at them?
Now of course I'd like this to be cask conditioned and tightly sparkled, but I don't give monkey's if somebody doesn't approve of my liking for nitro stouts. It suits the drink and it suits me. So Cheers!— Tandleman (@tandleman) July 9, 2021
For the record CAMRA is all about choice with an emphasis on cask ale. In line with that, my drinking last Thursday, with its overwhelming predominance of cask, fully complied with this. "Take that Beer Police."
The Beer Police have also been having a pop at us Bass drinkers. Liking Bass is harmless, doesn't mean approval of Molson Coors and there are bigger beery fish to fry, so lay off.
An aside is how much Manchester has changed in the last eighteen months. Wow.