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02-11-2010, 20:20
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We’ve been to a couple of weddings recently where the couple have rejected the traditional beers of such events in Britain (Worthington Cream Flow, Guinness and Fosters) and gone out of their way to ensure that there’s a decent cask ale available. The modern bride, it seems, insists on a pint of bitter with her white dress and bouquet.

A few weeks ago, we found ourselves at a wedding at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield (http://www.cutlers-hall-sheffield.co.uk/) where, as well as the usual suspects, there were casks of several local beers, including Thornbridge Jaipur. At a pound a pint. Let’s just say that there was no trouble getting people dancing.

And, this weekend, we were at a reception in a Young’s pub in the City of London (http://www.lambtavernleadenhall.com/home.htm) that is normally closed on Saturdays, but which is available for private hire. Young’s Special may be one of those boring brown bitters everyone hates now but, by heck, it was in good nick, and certainly better than the dreaded Creamflow. It made a pleasant event that bit more pleasant again.

On a related note, if there’s a beer geek couple in your life who are tying the knot, what better gift than a few bottles of Boon GeuzeMariage Parfait (http://www.boon.be/?c=/bieren/geuzemariageparfait/&l=nl)? The 2004 vintage has a best-before of 2028 — perfect for celebrating their tenth or fifteenth anniversary…

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