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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 24th December 2017)

    Mobyduck: Hopback GFB
    rpadam: Larkins Porter
    Aqualung: Salopian The Bends
    Bucking Fastard: Roosters Baby Faced Assassin IPA
    london calling: Oakham Blue Skies IPA
    aleandhearty: Acorn Old Moor Porter
    oldboots: Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild
    ROBCamra: Neptune Shifting Sands
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    Serious man flu has not helped in the slightest this week.
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    Hopback GFB

    BOTW GFB.
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    Default Larkins Porter

    Larkins Porter in the Ragged Trousers, Tunbridge Wells - just the job!

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    A small list mostly from local hostelries so it cost an arm and a leg :-

    Hammerton Blank Slate 3.2%
    Crate Red 4.6%
    Greene King Abbot 5.0%
    Kent Brewers Reserve 5.0%
    Salopian The Bends 5.2%
    Electric Bear Livewire 5.4%
    Southwark Harvard APA 5.5%
    Enefield Chocolate Vanilla Porter 5.5%
    Theakston's Old Peculier 5.6%
    Signature Brew Wild Winter Smoke Fairies 6.8%

    The winner is Salopian The Bends which was a close contender last week. Honourable mention must be given to Kent Special Reserve and the Enefield porter. The Bends was tried at the E17 Rose and Crown for £3.80. Incidentally, it was tried in the Wolverhampton JDW the week before for £2.29 and was just as good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post

    The winner is Salopian The Bends which was a close contender last week. Honourable mention must be given to Kent Special Reserve and the Enefield porter. The Bends was tried at the E17 Rose and Crown for £3.80. Incidentally, it was tried in the Wolverhampton JDW the week before for £2.29 and was just as good.


    BOTW Salopian The Bends
    I would gladly pay the extra £1.51 for a pint in a seemingly proper proper pub rather than sit in a soulless drinking barn, but then that's just me. I have to say £3.80 sounds relatively reasonable for a 5.2% beer in London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    I would gladly pay the extra £1.51 for a pint in a seemingly proper proper pub rather than sit in a soulless drinking barn.
    To me the soulless barns are the places showing sport. Notice I left out the word drinking as it always seems that people who go to a pub to watch sport spend very little money and leave as soon as the event ends.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    I have to say £3.80 sounds relatively reasonable for a 5.2% beer in London.
    So it would seem after a week drinking locally in mostly "proper" pubs.
    The only highlight was the Little Green Dragon micropub in N21. Two Leytonstone pubs had table tennis tables in them. What's that all about?
    Re the Wolverhampton Moon Under Water, it was good to see it slowly getting back to form after a very poor few years. The Bends was on as a a Locale beer and there were a few other reasonable options. As for the two local Spoons visited last week I was cornered into drinking Abbot in the George by a poor choice of beers and also in the Walnut Tree where the Truman's beer was totally rank vinegar. Given that the E4 one had the manager resign and refuse to serve his notice a few weeks ago, the local Spoons outlets seem to be in a state of crisis. The two E11 ones have also reduced the standard guest price recently which is usually a sign of problems. I wonder if they've got an idiot area manager doing all the damage.

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    Many dark beers this week and a great many bottles as I was avoiding the amateur drinkers, however a very enjoyable trip to York for Christmas shopping was made better by a visit to the Blue Bell in Fossgate. Like A&H I also had an excellent Acorn Old Moor Porter this week (in the Blue Bell) but it was just edged out of top spot by old favourite Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby MILD which passed the three pint test

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    Neptune Shifting Sands. A 4.5%, very tasty pint of Scouser Murky. Tried in The Baum.
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