Tuesday saw me wandering around the Hindley area of Wigan looking for a decent pint. A good few pubs to choose from but most have standard fare and they are about something other than beer. That is fine by me and the average punter by the looks of things. It is a shame. I would like every pub I walk into to have a row of hand pumps and interesting beer from close to home but it just isn’t the case. I entered a couple only to do wander out out again. Thank the Lord for the Hare and Hounds where I settled in the end. Started off with half a Chinook from @EllandBrewery and watched the first half of the Liverpool game. I was the only person in for a little while and this, I believe is to do with the chinese chippy across the road. When it is shut on Tuesdays, trade is quiet. When it is open again, people combine the two. A good symbiotic relationship. I would choose a chippy so that I could pop in for a decent pint whilst waiting.
That symbiotic relationhip is something that Phil and I often chat about. Sue’s chippy in Bolton and the Bank Top Tap is a classic example. They feed off each other. I was also pleasantly surprised when Angelos opened up in Egerton. It is next door to the Masons Arms and didn’t have a license. We walked in and booked our table. It was then suggested that we might like to wait in the Masons and the waitress came and got us from there. Brilliant.
The chat all started through Wilf’s Cafe and Hawkshead brewery in Staveley (Still Lancashire)I have been going into Wilf’s with my dad for years. After a days walking, we would often stop off at Wilfs on the way back through. Imagine our delight when they knocked a doorway through into the brewery next door. Two superb providers (Wilf’s food is very good) and Hawkshead. We now tend to order our food and go and sit in the brewery and the food is brought through to us.
The line up of pumps in the White Lion was interesting and I plumped for a half of ‘Rule of 72’. Nice and hoppy and I was tweeting happily about it when the phone went behind the bar. It was the owner of Allgates chatting about an order and asking who the bloke was in the bar sitting tweeting. The great thing abut twitter is that it often gets you straight to the person in charge. I like it in the Hare and Hounds and if I am looking for an interesting pint, I will be back.
Wednesday was another League cup match and I sat at home and grabbed a bottle of Rammy Craft’s Coconut Porter. Now to be honest, when I reach for a bottle, I tend to let my hand find its way towards whatever I fancy at the time. Plum, Blackberry and Sloe stouts and porters seem appealing but the thought of a coconut porter doesn’t have me licking my lips and reaching for it uncontrollably (It does happen).
I tend to like all Matt’s beers and we have a case of this for our next market and it is important to know what you are purveying. I am glad that I did. It was really good and hit the spot. It is rich and slightly sweet with a hint of coconut without being overpowering. It reminded me of something I really enjoy but couldn’t nail it down. Sort of a grown up bounty but that doesn’t do it justice. It wasn’t too sweet or cloying. It was much more subtle than that. Another winner from Matt.
On Thursday, I called into the Brewhouse (Dunscar). It is a while since I have been in for a pint and I was pleasantly surprised about the range. It has gone more eclectic. A range of local hand pumps and a Tiny Rebel from further afield. Reedley Hallows, Bank Top, Tiny Rebel, Moorhouses and Prospect were either on or settling. All we need now is a couple of local keg beers and it will be a real destination. Enjoyied a @tinyrebelbrewco Cwtch. A red ale made from 6 malts and 2 hops. 4.6% and bags of aroma. Maybe too much for some. Hopheads drink.
Then a Winter from BowlandBrewery. Straw coloured, light and fresh. Not the heavy ale I was expecting. Should read pump clips more carefully.
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