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01-04-2010, 10:15
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eQjR-WeaVPY/S7RxI0QTLgI/AAAAAAAAARQ/ZxdDTwekBUQ/s320/%3D-utf-8-B-SU1HMDA0NzUtMjAxMDAzMjktMjAyMC5qcGc%3D-%3D-794805.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eQjR-WeaVPY/S7RxI0QTLgI/AAAAAAAAARQ/ZxdDTwekBUQ/s1600/%3D-utf-8-B-SU1HMDA0NzUtMjAxMDAzMjktMjAyMC5qcGc%3D-%3D-794805.jpg)In a shameless attempt to get on Zak Averyís roll call on honour (http://thebeerboy.blogspot.com/2010/03/cask-ale-week.html) for reasons I myself cannot understand. Why would I want to? Does it matter? I think maybe I just love the giant wine glass, thatís why itís important. Anyway as its cask ale week I had I pint of cask ale. Bitter in fact. A pint of bitter. Like a right old man. For reference the pint in question was called Hydes Jekyllís Gold (http://www.hydesbrewery.co.uk/html/jekyllsgold.html). Though it wasnít gold it was brown. Light brown. Why isnít it called Jekyllís light brown?

I was going to take a photo of it or even a short video but my mobile ran out of juice, so youíll just have to take my word for it and not that I just ripped Dredgies (http://pencilandspoon.blogspot.com/2010/03/im-in-pub-drinking-pint-of-real-ale.html) picture off his blog. Which is probably a different beer altogether. But at least itís brown bitter. I could mention the price, but my boss bought it me after work, so I didnít pay for it.

It was quite nice. Nothing wrong with it. A pleasant enough glass of easy going pisswater Iíd have again. It could be improved. They could make it golden with a lighter more sugar efficient malt. They could chill it. They could use a different hop like for instance Saaz. They could use a different yeast strain to ferment it at a lower temperature. They could rename it lager. They could put it in a can and sell it for tuppance. But that would be to judge it for what it wasnít rather than what it was, and as far as it went it was perfectly fine. The pub wasnít that bad either. Not half the dump I was expecting. No shaven headed tattooed thugs with missing ears. Quite respectable people. Quiet unlike a pub. Is it a pub though? When is a dump not a pub? Tandy (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/it-isnt-pub-stupid.html)seems to think it's related to food. Maybe it's the absence of dumpery?

Not sure why a cask ale week is required. In a free country of freedom of choice people are free to make the choice they like. I donít mind people promoting stuff, its part of a free society. So whilst I donít see the point Iíve nothing against it. It is when people cease to convince and attempt to coerce it becomes unpalatable. Itís okay promoting pongy old manís beer. Spreading lies about binge drinking, pre loading, and the dangers of cheap lager in order to have what you donít like kyboshed amounts to coercion. So as far as the activities of the ale jihadistís go, cask ale week must rank as one of their more harmless endeavours.

I much enjoyed the discussion attached to Tandyís blog (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/im-not-missing-out.html) in regard to the growth and decline of different beers and reached the following conclusion. This pint of bitter was my second pint of cask ale this year. Thatís a 100% growth in cask ale consumption. No other drinker in the blogosphere can lay claim to a 100% increase in cask ale consumption during cask ale week. I deserve some sort of prize for that surely? An award for being cask aleís saviour is the very least I deserve. Has anyone else managed a 100% increase in cask ale drinking? Not Tandy, thatís for sure.

I could drink more but that would lower my increase. Another pint would only be a 50% increase on the year. A fourth pint a 25% increase. Iím seeing the law of diminishing returns here. Every pint reduces my contribution to cask ale week. Better stop whilst Iím ahead. Still, Iíve done my bit. On the roll call of honour please Zak.

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