06 May, 2009
Glass of mixed for the young lady
Turns out to be true. Just shows what I know. I shall stick to pontificating about beer in future.
"What's wrong with the bitter?"
Nuffink, make it a pint.
I've seen Courage Light making a very limited comeback in the past few years, in the chiller cabinet as some kind of "specialty beer" (bloody heathens!). You can still get the genuine (tepid) stuff out i'th' sticks (ie Dartford).
I used to drink light and bitter in the 1970s either
a) to spin out the pint by refreshing it from time to time from the bottle of light, or
b) more often, because cellarmanship standards tended to be just a touch unpredictable in those days, light ale could be used to pep up a crap pint to make it more or less drinkable.
Not the same sense of raw adventure these days with all this Cask Marque predicatability.
Sir Tim spoils me now.
You could have any Bass you liked or something chemical of Northern Foods' devising from the high pressure metal containers that was called 'Old Tradition' - a beer so foul that it made my transpennine soul long even for Whitbread's Trophy or the dread Brew Ten (which itself was so evil I think that Google has blocked it from search...)
And you soft southerners think you had it rough...