Just over a month ago, I said a fond farewell to my time working behind ‘t bar in Burns Hotel, and set off on my adventures. But not before downing a few pints with the lads and lasses in front of the bar!
Is there anything more jarring than the thought of someone pairing a beautifully delicate Cantillon Lambic beer with the Guns N’ Roses album Appetite For Destruction? Yeah, probably a spot of Cannibal Corpse, but you get my drift. Next time I’ll pair Lucky Lager with Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Chaos I say! Chaos!
In most Samuel Smith’s pubs, the two best selling beers are the Taddy Lager at number one, and the Sovereign Bitter at number two…
Except in the pubs where Humphrey has inexplicably removed Sovereign because he thinks that it will increase the sales of the Old Brewery Bitter. In reality, most drinkers of Sovereign tend to be so stuck in their ways that they would rather find another Sam Smith’s pub with Sovereign, or ignore the brand all together, than drink Old Brewery. (Which by the way is a fantastic drink too!) Now everyone in the above equation is being silly, but there’s nowt much I can do about that, except to tell you what Sovereign Bitter actually tastes like!
Back in November 2017, I visited Birmingham for the first time. Whilst it was certainly a place worth seeing, I’m not so sure it was worth lingering four nights for. That being said, I did consume this delicious porter in The Victoria one lunchtime.
Black Sheep Brewery
Monty Python’s Holy Grail
Golden Ale Tempered Over Burning Witches
Your Mother Was A Hamster And Your Father Smelled Of Elderberries
And now for something positive out of Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery!
I came across this brown ale in the shop and was instantly taken in by it’s vintage looking label. Manns Brown Ale, The Original Brown Ale since 1902!