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29-07-2010, 10:21
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TFE_x4QPiLI/AAAAAAAACgg/HcB2PbdJKrw/s320/28072010068.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TFE_x4QPiLI/AAAAAAAACgg/HcB2PbdJKrw/s1600/28072010068.jpg)My ongoing central heating problems have been driving me to obsession, but a welcome distraction was offered yesterday. I don't drink that much during the week, but a suggestion from my mate John of a quick afternoon pint, seemed to me to be just the thing to chase away the blues.

The venue was the ever excellent Baum in Rochdale. I spotted Acorn Green Bullet on the bar and made a bee line for it. I wasn't disappointed. The excellent body, lingering resinous hoppiness and insistent bitterness throughout was just what I needed. John was drinking Shipyard Independence Ale which he rated highly. I had a taste. Damn good. Simon the owner couldn't say who brewed it, but thanks to Rabidbarfly and Tyson, I know now it is brewed by the Shipyard brewer Alan Pugsley at Marstons, though thankfully at Banks' not Burton. No sulphur for me thanks. The story is here (http://shipyardbrewing.blogspot.com/2010/06/alan-pugsley-returns-from-brewing.html) if you wish to read it. I had a pint and again it was superb with good hop presence throughout and another lasting hoppy finish. Alas these were just a temporary hiatus in my domestic heating problems.

I returned home to greet my central heating guy who still couldn't make the connection from my controller to the boiler work. Oh for a few more pints of Acorn or Shipyard at that point. Still, I had the compensation of looking back fondly at two superb beers and a pleasant interlude from the irritating obstacles that litter life. It was a reminder too that a quick pint with a mate in a pub, particularly when it is unexpected, gladdens the heart in a way that opening a bottle of beer at home never could.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-1211449713745859500?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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