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    Quote Originally Posted by Millay View Post
    Hi Roger, I'll be interested to hear what you thought of St Albans' pubs, especially the Blacksmiths Arms if you got there. They have a special 'Hoppy' Easter beer festival on 1-5 April where they'll be having a lot of heavily hopped beers.
    Of the 11 pubs we did this weekend, only 2 were duplicated from my previous crawl around town 3 or 4 years ago. There is still another 7 or 8 that I have on my radar that I still haven't been to, including the Blacksmiths. My scheduled footy for the Saturday that weekend is at Waltham Abbey so I'll be half way to St Albans anyway and I don't need too much of an excuse to pay the town a visit. It all depends on transport sutuation but I could well pay the Blacksmiths (and a few others) a visit.

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    Last week proved to be a relatively quiet one, beer-wise. Just 10 pints over two days with no real surprises or interesting ales sampled. I think my BOTW will have to be the Everards Tiger I had last Tuesday eve down the social.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBCamra View Post
    Had a fine pint of Joey Holts Lightning Holt last night but that was surpassed by Hawkshead Organic Stout.

    It's the new leader so far but as I'm out tonight AND Saturday.......
    I'm going to stick with Hawkshead Organic Stout this week.

    I had a couple of very good pints of Roosters Celtic Corker on Saturday but it didn't quite oust the stout.
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    Still on the bottled ones for me I am afraid, got a few in at some pubs including a nice half of Quantock Stout at the Cornubia.

    The nicest drink I had this week though was a Robinsons Old Tom after the Chinese takeaway on Saturday night, nice and strong at 8.5%, if only the BCFC boys could get up to that much commitment .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    Of the 11 pubs we did this weekend, only 2 were duplicated from my previous crawl around town 3 or 4 years ago.
    On the presumption that you may have cherry-picked the list on you first crawl Roger (as I would), does that not mean that your weekend tour party were denied some St Albans highlights?

    My botw could easily be the same as Millay's with the Bishops Farewell again in stunning form at the George, but I'll diversify & go for Southport Cyclone at Croydon's Cricketers (Shirley Rd), surprisingly fruity for a copper beer and, despite doubts from my pals who were also drinking it, my suspicion regarding blackcurrant proved to be correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    On the presumption that you may have cherry-picked the list on you first crawl Roger (as I would), does that not mean that your weekend tour party were denied some St Albans highlights?
    My first crawl about 3/4 years ago was a daytime session and from what I recall consisited of the Boot, the White Swan, Farriers Arms, Portland Arms, Blue Anchor, Six Bells, Black Lion, Spotted Bull and the Glass House (simply because it was closest to the station and we had 15 minutes before the train). We were a bit limited as some pubs I wanted to do (Lower Red Lion for one) were closed during the day. Spurs had a game in the evening so I had to get to WHL for kick off. A couple of years ago we stopped off to find a pub with Setanta showing the Man U v Spurs match (the one where we went 2-0 up and then blew it big time) and the only place we could find showing the game was O'Neills! We also did the Boot and the Cross Keys that day. Saturday's crawl took us to the Goat, White Lion, White Hart Tap, Farmers Boy, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Six Bells, Rose & Crown, Lower Red Lion, Portland Arms and the Veralum (we tried to get in the Farriers first but it was gone 11 and they wouldn't let us in). We also did the Waterend Barn 'Spoons for breakfast! Still plenty of options left for another day. One of the guys I was with Saturday lives in St Albans so I was happy to go with whatever he suggested although I did single out the Lower Red Lion & Farmers Boy as personal necessities.There will be a detailed blog posted in due course for those who like that kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad View Post
    The nicest drink I had this week though was a Robinsons Old Tom after the Chinese takeaway on Saturday night, nice and strong at 8.5%
    I havent had of these for years now. Nice but strong stout. Asda selling them for around 1.80 per bottle.

    In fact I should buy of these when I get the time.
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    Only three beers to choose from this week, largely due to the fact that I spent the latter half of the week in hospital with a kidney stone and accompanying UTI, (imagine being stabbed in the kidney and then someone twisting the blade ). I also learnt I now have Type II Diabetes- sometimes the fun never stops!

    However I digress. Between Dunham-Massey 'Cheshire IPA', Elland 'Pacha' and Acorn 'Motueka IPA', the clear winner was the grassy, herbal and markedly bitter Acorn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Only three beers to choose from this week, largely due to the fact that I spent the latter half of the week in hospital with a kidney stone and accompanying UTI, (imagine being stabbed in the kidney and then someone twisting the blade ). I also learnt I now have Type II Diabetes- sometimes the fun never stops!


    Sounds like a horrible week, hope they have successfully broken the stone up, I have heard many painful descriptions of kidney stones. Does the diabetes just mean you have to watch your diet now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Only three beers to choose from this week, largely due to the fact that I spent the latter half of the week in hospital with a kidney stone and accompanying UTI, (imagine being stabbed in the kidney and then someone twisting the blade ). I also learnt I now have Type II Diabetes- sometimes the fun never stops!
    Not the best start for 2010. Let's hope things pick up for you.

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