Saturday, 24 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Friday 24th December
Seasonal Tastes

I sampled some decent brews over the Festive period, beginning on the 'Works Do', which began with a very respectable meal at the Hallmark Hotel (North Ferriby) before slipping into something far more degenerate around Ye Olde Towne of Hull.
Some of the more favourable beers tasted included: Great Newsome 'Trial By Chocolate' (Lion & Key), York Brewery 'Guzzler' & Timothy Taylor 'Golden Best' (Ye Olde Black Boy) and Rudgate Viking in Walters.  From there the memory became a little hazy.
The works 'Team Night Out' was a good old Beer & Curry night, basically involving aperatifs in Pave on Prinny Ave before adjourning to the Raj Pavilion for fodder.  I was slightly disappointed by the choices on offer in a usually top drawer bar, although the Deuchars IPA was on its usual fine form.  And unlike 2010, I actually arrived at Raj in good form, good enough to enjoy a couple of pints of Cobra and an excellent Bhalti Mixed.  A good night was had by all. 
Out on the Humber Riviera, the Granby and The Oss continue to trade solely in Tetleys as their hand-pulled offering; in fairness, both are well maintained.  Meanwhile, a couple of trips to the Crown & Anchor at Kilnsea ensured some Timothy Taylor Landlord of the highest quality.
With a decent enough selection of bottled brews to keep me going until the much-anticipated away trip to Parkhouse on 21st January, things are definitely on the up. Oh, and I mustn't forget to enter the Great Newsome Brewery's "Message In A Bottle" competition.  Mine's a drop of Line & Length if you would be so kind...

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