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On the same day we visited the Dove (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/03/10/go-west/), we also made it to another legendary west London pub, the *Bricklayers in Putney. It’s beautifully done out, being neither trendy nor grotty (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/02/15/the-alchemy-of-pub-atmosphere/), although it was bloody cold.

It was the week after their beer festival and the garden was full of spent casks — “Beer Fail!” Nothing was going to waste, though and anything left in the garden was going at a pound a pint.

We were excited to see a huge range of Timothy Taylor’s beers and didn’t even bother trying anything from the guest pumps or the garden. We’ve heard a lot about the legendary Dark Mild (http://teninchwheeler.blogspot.com/2009/03/home-this-weekend-to-keighley-town.html), and it is indeed fabulous: chocolate and vanilla and at only 3.5%. Ram Tam is a wonderfully fruity dark beer, also very special, with blackcurrant and clove notes. Why aren’t Tim Taylor’s other beers as well known as Landlord?

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