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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ted gets beery ...



The Doll didn't come as she doesn't “do” beer.  She said “they won’t be happy if you tell them about something fabulous that they missed out on you know Ted” … well you are not the only ones who missed out!!  Let me tell you about what I missed out on at the otherwise fabulous Craft 100 Beer Festival in Clapham a few weekends ago!!!

100 beers they had .. 100 craft beers.   But did they have what I had come for … Did they have the local Partizan's Metric Porter, or the Siren Caribbean Chocolate Cake (Jerk Edition) brewed specially for the festival  .. no they bloody didn't!!! (the Doll only said no singing or nudity, she forgot to mention profanity!!). Did they have the Thornbridge Bracia, a beer aged for 3 years in Pedro Ximinez barrels (that most divine of a Christmas cake in a glass sherry) … yes they did!!!  I stood in the line to the bar my mouth salivating, my grip on my glass tightening, my whole body in a state of anticipation for the liquid nectar that would soon be mine .. all mine .. my precious …  Then what bloody happened?  The two lager louts in front of me decided to “try it for a laugh”.  Bang went the cask – the only cask!!

Oh what to do ... it was still too early in the day to sink onto the (astro-turf) floor sobbing more loudly than is acceptable in a “stiff upper lip” and “keep calm and carry on” culture.

This good man tried to comfort me, and while acknowledging that nothing could take the place of Bracia, he suggested a couple of others that I could take solace in .. like the Hoppin Frog Doris .. she had come in a barrel all the way from the US of A.

There are a small handful of Craft pubs in London (ie Pubs called Craft) and they rank among my favourites.  Wanna go … then apply paw and tweak mouse ear here http://thecraftbeerco.com/

6 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

This is great!

Sharon Anck said...

I'm not a beer drinker either but Ted really does make it sound exciting.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Ted doesn't look old enough to drink beer.

William Kendall said...

That rates as a mighty thirst!

Bill Nicholls said...

Nothing like a good beer festival

Jack said...

Ted, I am appreciating the perspective you add to the Doll's blog. Have another beer, on me.

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