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01-01-2016, 12:42
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g2d390Akdds/VoZtBafXSvI/AAAAAAAAGVI/4V73Abh2hRQ/s400/happynewyear.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g2d390Akdds/VoZtBafXSvI/AAAAAAAAGVI/4V73Abh2hRQ/s1600/happynewyear.jpg)As I sit here writing this I'm contemplating my four and half mile walk to the pub. My arch nemesis First Bus can't be bothered to run a service on New Year's Day. Perhaps they have joined Dry January? Well they won't stop me. Walk there, walk a mile back down to the Ship and phone a cab. Taxis won't come up the lane, it is so pitted and rutted. (A bit like the first day of the Somme, it looks as though it has been freshly shelled). A taxi from the Ship won't even be that much dearer, so take that First Manchester.

My last beers of 2015 were both from Hawkshead. Damson Stout and Wild Wheat. Both interesting and not in the English meaning, but the German one. I've just listened to Henning Wehn on the radio and now am perfectly clear on the difference. "Interesting" in English is NOT interesting at all and interesting in German IS interesting. Who'd have thought it? Enough of that and back to beer. I liked the Damson Stout and though British sour beers don't tend to do it for me, enjoyed the Wild Wheat too. My last cask beer of 2015 was a surprise to me, as with with its usual incompetence, my local Middleton JDW had very little on cask wise, so I plumped for Otter Claus which was a surprisingly rich, bittersweet beer, so good in fact that I had three of them.

Today my first beer of 2016 will likely be Lees MPA if it is on, or Lees Bitter if it isn't. It's what I mostly drink, though this year I have made a bit of a resolution to get out more, but after today that'll have to wait. Manchester Beer and Cider Festival (http://mancbeerfest.uk/) will take up most of my time and I'll be writing about it.

Finally,you'll have heard of the recent floods up here I suppose? My Wednesday haunt, the Regal Moon in Rochdale was severely inundated and will be out of action for a yet to be determined period. All the staff have been redistributed throughout the JDW Greater Manchester Spoons. This is hard for them as expected shifts may not materialise and there will be financial hardship. I know the people there and feel for them. Flooding is a terrible thing. Do spare a thought for them today when you are cosy in the pub.

Happy New Year to one and all. Even First Manchester.

I hope to see many of you at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival. It will be awesome fantastic
I didn't do Golden Pints this year, but my favourite blogger is Seeing the Lizards (http://seeingthelizards.blogspot.co.uk/). If we can't laugh at ourselves.........

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