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DT #334, 30 November 2014 (Bishop’s Finger)   Leave a comment

Bishop's Finger

 

The Bishop’s Finger:
A.K.A. “The Nun’s Delight.”
No, really…it is.

Name: Bishop’s Finger
Type: bitter
Venue: house

Review/notes: There’s a pub in Canterbury called the Bishop’s Finger and is known locally as the Nun’s Delight, so the haiku for the day is accurate enough.  Shepherd’s Neame makes good beer, and this is some of it…I poured the glass to get through the write-ups for yesterday’s adventures and to prep me for the daily run, a simple loop through the Okus and Wichelstowe:

2014-11-30 okus wichelstowe 3 miles

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DT #333, 29 November 2014 (Cameron’s Gold Bullion)   4 comments

Mug House Claines Cameron's Gold Bullion

 

A postbox, chippy,
Seven hundred year old pub,
A run and some beer.

Name: Cameron’s Gold Bullion

Mug House Claines Cameron's Gold Bullion pump
Type: golden ale
Venue: Mug House, Claines

Review/notes: With Jackie working I had Saturday free so I chose a run location within 2 hours transport of the house and went for some tourism.  Worcester is a Cathedral city and by all endorsements it has one of the finer Cathedrals going.  There’s also a bit of Sir Edward Elgar and English Civil War tourism to do and the town is absolutely lovely set in the Malverns on the banks of the River Severn and with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal cutting through it (which is both navigable and has a tow path both hike- and run-able).  Further notes on the trek are up on the blog or coming soon, but for the sake of this as the 2014-15 Holiday Run Streak entry let me note that there was an accidental detour to a fine local pub, a stop at a rare postbox, a snack from an ideal chippy, this stop at an ancient ale house, some mud and muck on the way to the canal, a grand little music pub, and a quick pint at a pensioners’ fly trap near the station.

On my run, today, I had a mild, a strong cider, and a lager but the stand out beverage was this Cameron’s golden ale, sipped on a bench in the cemetery grounds in the cool (but by no means cold), damp air of this perfect late fall day.

2014-11-29 worcester run

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DT #330, 26 November 2014 (Fireside Ale)   1 comment

Fireside Ale

Pieced back together
Machines on the Razor’s Edge
For the holiday.

Name: Fireside Ale
Type: bitter
Venue: Red Lion, Marston

Review/notes: A misty morning and nippy noon combined for a languorous Lion lunch lope.

Alliteration aside, it is the day before my Thanksgiving break (the holiday will be the last thing I squeeze out of my American pustule) and I dashed around to put critically ill instruments into induced comas while making mildly sick ones usable for a couple of days.

The Fireside was quite nice…chestnut in colour and walnut in flavour (bitter, astringent, and a bit varnish-y like I like).

2014-11-26 red lion out and back

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DT #327, 23 November 2014 (Arkell’s Centennial)   Leave a comment

Arkell's United States Centennial Hops Collection

The theme for today:
A Remembrance of Things Past…
Lager madeleine.

Name: Arkell’s Centennial
Type: bitter
Venue: Clifton Inn, Swindon

Review/notes: As mentioned before, the holiday season demands exertion and I have picked up the gauntlet with a 3+ mile-per-day pledge.  Today, I reckoned I should try out the Runner (formerly the Running Horse before a refurbishment but not different enough to count as a ‘new pub’ for the blog’s purposes).

runner swindon

Looking down the taps I felt that the only one I had not previously included in the Daily Tipple would be the 1843 Craft Lager.  I knew I had tried this a few times in the past, but convinced myself it had not yet been a DT.  That is, until the first scent and sip…doh!  I had this after my surprise surgery a few months ago…a reasonable memory to blot out or the first signs of dementia?  Okay…maybe not the first.

runner swindon 1843 craft lager

 

I watched a guy hustle a kid (literally, a ten-year-old) at the billiards table then chatted with him for a minute about it before heading out.

runner swindon caroussel horse

I only had £2 on me so if I was going to put the DT SNAFU right I would have to pick up something at an off-license or settle for a half pint somewhere.  While sorting my thoughts by the carousel horse on the wall of the Runner, I realised the Clifton was on my way. Result!

Today's route

Today’s route

The Centennial really called me and it’s rich flavours took me back to Colorado, drinking Fat Tire at altitude.  It is a temporary offering from Arkell’s and I’m really glad I managed to get a drop or two of it.

Arkell's United States Centennial Hops Collection pump

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DT #326, 22 November 2014 (Brewers’ Blizzard)   12 comments

Brewers' Blizzrd Bear Melksham

DT #326, 22 November 2014 (Brewers’ Blizzard)

Back to the running
With 8.8 miles, three pubs,
And a great chippy.

Name: Brewers’ Blizzard
Type: bitter

2014-11-22 run route
Venue: The Bear, Melksham

Review/notes: It’s the Saturday before American Thanksgiving (the only holiday I really like) which kicks off the Holiday Season for us.  Drinking and eating too much must be tempered by a bit of strenuous activity, so I am pledging to run at least 3 miles until the Saturday after New Years.  Today, I got up early with Jackie (who had to work) and caught the bus to Semington whence I ran to Melksham (my first visit) then looping back to Seend.  I finished at the Bell having just left the Brewery Inn in Seend Cleve and a wonderful chippy in Bowerhill.  Mud was everywhere.

In Melksham, I arrived too early for the chippies and other pubs, so I hit the Bear, a Wetherspoons so I knew it would be open, serving at the bar, and cheap.  The Brewers’ Blizzard was awesome–floral, alternately sweet and bitter, and with a varnish-y finish. Definitely could have chosen worse,

Brewers' Blizzrd pump Bear Melksham

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DT #320, 16 November 2014 (Malmesbury Westport)   1 comment

Malmesbury Westport

Busy week ahead:
After the weekend just passed
Work will be a breeze.

Name: Malmesbury Westport
Type: porter
Recipe: Untied a rolled pork loin roast and rubbed with cumin, oregano, and paprika then stuffed it with full strength red chilli slices and garlic before rerolling and covering with more chillies, garlic, and lemon grass. Wrapped tightly in four layers of foil, the roast was dumped in a 120 C oven for 8 hours to be finished or charred on the BBQ.

Boiled some potatoes then smashed with butter, salt, pepper, and parmigiano reggiano.

Made a chinese style slaw of shredded cabbage, grated carrot and celery with coriander (cilantro), rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, seeded and de-membraned chillies, and yoghurt.

Venue: Hop Inn, Swindon

Review/notes: While the food cooked or infused, I tidied the rough cut of the carpet in the Drunken Bunny Pub, tacked down the edges, and started moving the furnishings about.

The Public Bar/Dining Room lost the Singapore buffet and gained our minimalist bar and a tall bookcase for a net gain of about four square feet but with the move of the table away from the window seems much greater increase.

The living room is such an odd shape and so cavernous that the shift of the heavy-but-low sideboard/buffet into it (and the tall shelves out) that we doubted the wisdom of the move but it opens a lot of wall space for our far-too-many pictures to go up.

So…nearly a year in we may be getting the ground floor in order.

The porter was spectacular — dark coffee and chocolate and bitter and tart and a perfect break in the midst of the day’s activities.

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DT #316, 12 November 2014 (Krušovice)   Leave a comment

Krusovice

 

For four pounds forty
You’d think they could top up the
Fucking (almost) pint

Name: Krušovice
Type: lager
Venue: The Lighthouse, Oxford

Review/notes: Czech lager from the Heineken stable.  Nothing special but priced as if it were.

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