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25-02-2012, 09:38
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I've passed through Glasgow a couple of times in the last couple of weeks on my way to my Mum's in Dumbarton. Dumbarton offers no real ale, well no real anything these days really, so I always stop off in Glasgow for couple of pints on the way. Usually it is one of two Wetherspoons between the station I arrive in and the one I leave from, or the Drum and Monkey, though often this Caledonian Brewery obsessed bar is passed by. I am no fan of Caley beers.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-diiHZ89OOl4/T0if-tzxcLI/AAAAAAAADGk/qzrxwXiiJ08/s400/Glasgow-Clock.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-diiHZ89OOl4/T0if-tzxcLI/AAAAAAAADGk/qzrxwXiiJ08/s1600/Glasgow-Clock.jpg)Glasgow denizen, sparkler hater and blogger Robsterowksi recommended I try Browns on George Square as a change, as they sell Harviestoun Blonde. So I did and found both times, in this glitteringly posh bar, that despite silver founts adorned with Doom Bar and Harviestoun Blonde pumpclips, only Doom Bar on offer. The second time (this week) I queried this and was told that they only have one "spike" (I assume they mean spear extractor) so they can only ever offer one real ale at a time. The barman advised me it is usually Doom Bar, as that is most popular.

Now that's up to them, but why imply that two are available? I dislike this misleading way of doing things. It is presumably to ensure that the "look" of the bar is maintained. Better though to take the clip off when the beer isn't available, or better still to buy another extraction spear. They are cheap as chips and this place, believe me cost millions.

Of course, you could always go to the nearby JDWs and choose from a dozen real ales. Which is what I did.

Glasgow of course is a lager city. I doubt if Browns sell much cask in Browns anyway and I suspect it will buzz at night with or without it. It was empty both lunchtimes though.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-5905599806143339247?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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