We managed a slightly slim 17 posts last month what with the lingering effects of the Christmas break and a cheeky holiday towards the end. Still, there were a few good ‘uns you might have missed in the January fog.
We kicked the month off, as usual, with a contribution to the Session. January’s edition was a bit weird because there was no host until the last minute when co-founder Jay Brooks stepped in to ask ‘Three Questions’. His round-up of all the responses is here.
We went to Cardiff which prompted Keith Flett to ask us a question: “Why Drink Brains?” We answered.
A relic from the pre-CAMRA era of beer appreciation arrived in our actual snail-mail postbox: a pub crawl schedule from Cup Final day, 1967.
Some pubs are famous for doing one beer really well — Bass, Landlord, usually one of the classics. People suggested examples in the comments and a good discussion was had all round. (This one got lots of attention, as the throwaways often do.)
We were sadly unimpressed by Boundary Brewing, Northern Ireland’s co-op outfit; commenters seem to broadly agree with our judgement, even as they yearn for the brewery to do well.
Reader Robin Oldfield urged us to watch a 1979 documentary about caving in Yorkshire. It didn’t sound promising but, oh, how we’re glad we gave it a go. (Feedback since suggests that actually was a pretty typical night in that particular pub, contrary to our assumption.)
We got a bit flowery reviewing beers from Northern Monk and Wylam as part of our ongoing Patreon’s Choice feature.
Maybe our favourite post of the month was this piece on the beer-selling boatmen of old London town. Go to snigger at the word ‘bum-boat’, stay for the social history.