Monthly Archives: May 2017

The mid-80s Brum Beer Scene

I arrived in Birmingham in 1983 from Leeds, a city where even the monopoly beer was to my taste, and much better beers could be found without too much difficulty. Brum was different. More than half the pubs were owned by Bass, through their M&B subsidiary. M&B operated 3 breweries, Cape Hill, which made the […]

20.05.2016 – Ricoh Stadium, Coventry

The Ricoh Stadium recently became the first stadium to achieve Cask Marque status, and whilst I don’t for one minute consider that an absolute guarantee of decent beer, it’s normally at least a sign that the outlet concerned is trying. Wasps, the stadium’s owners, have a sponsorship tie-in with local brewers Purity, and so there […]

Ma Pardoe’s

Long, long ago my friends and I were on one of our periodic Black Country expeditions in search of interesting beer. Doris Pardoe had died not all that long before, so we thought it was time to visit the Old Swan before it was snapped up by some brewery. It was one of the famous […]

12/05/17 – The Kenilworth, Edinburgh

I drink in here in Edinburgh not just because of the name, but because it’s a rather nice pub that tends to have some decent beers on. So for a compare and contrast, we have Stewart Brewing’s Holyrood Pale Ale, a craft keg offering in an American Pale Ale style at 5% ABV, and Williams […]

04.05.17 – Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth

So to the Virgins for a rugby coaching meeting. It’s a lovely old pub with multiple small snugs with flagstone floors, and beers from Everards. I chose Sunchaser – not the most exciting beer of all time, but really quite a pleasant accompaniment to our discussions. A rather attractive golden colour with a dense head, […]

The Gardner’s Arms, Bilton

The newa that Sam Smith’s have banned swearing in their pubs got me thinking on the topic, and my thoughts took me back many years to a different world, and a pub that is now actually owned by Sam’s. Back then, early 80s, this pub on the outskirts of Harrogate was a free house, run […]