I suppose I should check under the sofa, in the mail box and out in the garden, too. One really never knows where one will find photos does one. Robert Gale sent in these eight entries on Saturday but I missed seeing them as Lord Goog thought he knew better where they ought to go. He lives in Torfaen, Wales and is one half of beerlens.com along with Kim Reed, our 2009 grand winner. Robert himself won a prize in 2009 and again in 2010. He's probably won more. I should have phoned him over in Wales and asked why he hadn't submitted. I should have known something was up.
And, look, he's provide detail on each picture so I really should provide that to you, too. But it's not all in order. So you'll have to figure it out for yourself, what picture goes with which description. If your are as thick as me you'll be looking for the harpist on Mr. Ranier. Heck, I just realized I called this the 2012 contest in the title of yesterday's post. I kept doing that all month but I have no idea why.
Taphouse Grill, Seattle: In the UK we are lucky to see 10 beers on tap at the same time and the most you will ever find permanently on tap is around 40 so imagine how overwhelmed I felt when visiting the Taphouse Grill with its 160 permanent taps!
House of Trembling Madness: The small but busy bar at the fabulously named House of Trembling Madness in historic York, England. The pub is situated inside an old medieval hall that dates from 1180.
Mt Rainier, WA: On a recent trip to Mt Rainier I noticed that the restaurant sold cans of Rainier beer. I couldn't miss out on an opportunity to take a shot of the beer in front of the mountain.
Glass of Hops: This glass full of hops was found at the excellent Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, OR. They smelled amazing!
Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker: I spotted Matt at London's The Rake pub during the Great British Beer Festival 2011. Matt was in the UK to brew Red Nectar Ale with the Shepherd Neame brewery. In keeping with tradition, Matt was asked to sign the wall at the Rake.
Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Wales: It's not everyday you see someone turn up to the pub with their harp but this group of musicians are regulars at the Bunch of Grapes pub in Pontypridd, south Wales.
The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, England: The grand interior of the Old Joint Stock in central Birmingham. The pub is owned by Fullers who have a tradition of converting old banks into pubs. This particular pub was built in 1864 as the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank. Today it is an excellent pub that also has it's own theatre!
The Harp, London: A warm summer evening at The Harp pub in Covent Garden, London. Well known for its good selection of ales, you can just make out the huge collection of pump clips that decorate the bar.
There. Connect the dots. See if you can get them all. And that makes the contest now truly over.