Hmm... sorta spilled the beans, didn't I. Details below.
This is it. The annual announcement of the Yuletide, Christmas, Hogmanay, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve Beery Photo Contest. It's an exciting time. And a welcome one even if sifting through a pile of entries and a pile of prizes is just about the dumbest thing I could add to an otherwise insanely busy time of year. Why do I do it? Because of the beauty. Must be that. One of my favorite things about beer is how lovely things surrounding it truly are. I wish I had more time to do this as I always think a really proper job needs doing for this. But, after now seven contests, I have to admit the winners make for a pretty remarkable gallery, Have a look at the winners from 2006 - 2011:
Located in Manchester, England, the Circus Tavern apparently has the smallest bar in Europe. It's also located in the hallway of the pub near the entrance which means it very easily gets crowded.
Notice the busy bartender in orange. See the photos on the ceiling and the wall. Is that Georgie Best to the left? The faces are normal, average working folk. The pub is tight. That guy at the back carries his jacket on his shoulder. So does the one second to the right. I love the early 1900s light fixture, the brown paneling, the guy's face to the left checking out the ceiling. For me, the photo reminds us of how a good bar is a jumble but in that mess there is also order, rules and comfort.
So there you have it. Another year in the books. Prize emails to donors and winners will start being sent soon. Oh - and one more thing. No entries were crap enough to earn the crap photo award. Remember, this was created for that photo by Bill Night of Portland Oregon which was the ugliest picture I have ever posted on my blog. It deserves reposting for its crap-tac-u-lar-ness. What the hell is that? Who knows? Who cares?