2017 Monthly Specials is already onto February where I feature and have a chat to twobeergeeks. if you want to know more about them :
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So our plan meet was in The Bath pub, a Thornbridge pub which serves guest ales as well and also a keg line, so ideal place to have a chat about things beery and stuff.
How did you start your blog site ?
I am always curious how people start blog sites and over time it develops into something bigger. These 2 guys started by just texting each other and using Facebook massages and had an idea to log beers they drink, the site was Danny`s idea and the first pub they visited to kick it all off is the Cross Sycthes. After a while Mike took it over and the rest is history, this all started in 2013 around Jan/Feb time.
What was your 1st ale/pub ?
Dan was a lager drinker and about 9ish years ago changed to ales, Jaipur at the Coach & Horses just on the outskirts of Dronfield, which I went to recently for the second time, which is a nice pub, a review will be on my Dronfield page soon. Dan liked this drink so much he had 3 pints.
Mike`s was a Tetleys in Leeds when he was student and started on ales around 1989.
Mine was Henrietta in the Red Deer in 2014, April time.
What is your favourite brewery ?
Dan – Omnipollo from Sweden and local brewery Hopjacker who stick to unrefined/vegan ales and are pushing the boat out and seem to be going from strength to strength.
Mike – Buxton for the last 3 years and is on their radar to go and visit this year.
Mine – Little Critters who keep producing very interesting ales, their Hazelnut stout is fabulous.
What do you think to ale in a can ?
This was a interesting chat as its something new I am starting to like, at first I wasn’t keen on them as I through “ale in a can, wont it be fizzy” but it isn’t, I now prefer to keg.
The guys thought the following:
- easy to carry round
- like the practicality
- better in a can than a bottle
- cans are nice and pretty
Beavertown are the tour de force on cans and even Dipa12 is in a can. They also like Magic Rock cans as well
Will it last was the question – I am sure it will.
The Keg vs Cask debate
It had to be discussed and was a lengthy topic and the key words that appeared were:
- keg beer longer shell life
- price range of kegs – hard to understand difference
- did struggle with the carbonization, fizzy and cold
so the question is which did they prefer:
- Dan – keg over cask
- Mike – cask over keg
- Me – cask over keg
What made you do a Top10 pubs in Sheffield and what was the criteria ?
I didn’t know the answer to this question and it was me that started them off, (I wish more people would do it, spread the word about Sheffield pubs).
They did have a scoring system and marked pubs out of 5, areas of criteria include service, beers, friendly family pub.
They did say they are having 1 new category this year : Family Pub
I also got a new category for this year : Best Brewery Pub (so you heard them here first).
We did have a couple more chats about other things which were “off the record” so cannot discuss them, we also did have a final few minutes on do you think cask will die , we all know how this all started and basically all 3 of us did agree it wont for the moment, but 2 areas did leave us thinking more:
- Business Rates increase
Mike also worked abroad for 4 years and got so hooked up with Jaipur (Thornbridge ale) when I moved back to GB about the same time as Danny ( but before we knew each other).
Finally a few links:
Their Top 10 pubs of 2016 is here
Brewery of the Year 2016 is here
We also did in August 2016 a “roll the dice” night, which involved both of us picking 6 pubs, rolling the dice and visiting them and giving a review of the pub, you can find the blog here.