Stan made me feel a little guilty for not posting on Friday for this month's version of the Session. I was on the road Friday evening and guess that is my excuse - though I did pick up a mixed 12 of both Magic Hat and Harpoon and even got a wave through from customs so had another victory for beer. This month's Session 28 was hosted by Red, White and Brew and is on a question that really is three questions, with the third question having a number of options. Frankly, that's generally too hard for my brain for a Friday night or at least too much like work but here is what I think the set of inquiries demanded of the beer blogger. Have a look and see if you agree:
- write about the farthest brewery (including brewpubs) you have visited - not your favorite or any old brewery you've been to, but the one that is the longest haul away;
- writes about the best beer you had there;
(a)if you brought home a bottle while visiting the brewery and have it secreted away, crack it open;
(b) if you don't have any left from that visit but the particular beer is available where you live (or if not your fave from said brewery, another brand from it), go get one;or
(c) otherwise, find a local beer of the same style and do a little compare and contrast.
See my problem? My brain hurts just trying to figure out the test to be met. I've prepared easier constitutional arguments for court. So, I will do something that satisfies the at least the first leg of the test - the further you have gone to a brew pub - and see if the other two can get passing mention.
February 1986? Or was it November 1987? If the latter, George Michael's "Faith" on the radio everywhere. PSB's "West End Girls" if the former. I am visiting relatives in a village in East Lothian, Scotland which is on the local bus route to Edinburgh. Being a bit of a lump Uncle #1 tells me to get on the bus and check out the City and not to miss walking down Rose Street. Uncle #2 explains how having a pint in each tavern along Rose Street back of the Princess shopping strip was something of a challenge any young man ought to take upon himself to try. Off I go but walking down the street to get my bearings I see the Rose Street Brewery. Being a pup who had some experience with the Granite Brewery in Halifax, parking myself there seemed a more reasonable thing to do that going on a one man bar crawl.
Entering the place before lunch I asked if there was any chance of a tour of the brewing room. A man seated at the bar said I had to come sometime before eleven for that. Inquiring as to why, I was told with a grin that he was the brewer and he was usually too far into his pints by lunch to be bothered. No trouble as I turned to order a beer. But before I could another man at the bar pointed at the bartender and wagged his pointy finger rapidly from side to side with a couple of swift waggles. Then the brewer, the bartender and the wagging man as well as the others at the bar looked at me silently. I looked back also silently. They looked at me. I said I have no clue what was going on. Wagging man said he just offered to buy a round. Fabulous and away we went. Turns out wagging man and his associate were brothers who were Seventh Day Adventists for Yorkshire out on a national pub crawl that was planned to last a couple of weeks. I suggested that this was not the sort of thing that Adventists were known for back home and they agreed. The end of question one.
It seems to still exist as there are a number of reviews including up to last year on Google as well as that photo I posted up there. As for the beer, I recall it was fluid and tasty. I have had many fluid and tasty beers. Had some just yesterday. There. The end of questions two and three.
So my participation rate for The Session record still stands at 100%. I hope they give out little cloth badges for Session Number Fifty. Pewter mugs for being in all of the first hundred. If I can figure out how to get through the questions. Next up is "Will Travel For Beer" hosted by Beer By Bart which for the life of me looks such a similar question that I will now be even harder pressed to find a topic in response. What ever happened to the idea that we were to write about beer for these posts?