750th post!

It’s another milestone post. It won’t be long before the next one either, as I still have 61 posts in draft format. To say I’m a bit behind is an understatement, but the best things come to those who wait.

Since the last milestone in September, we’ve been busy, which is one of the reasons why there are so many draft posts needing attention. The 2017 walking tour of Skipton accounts for 9 of those posts, as we sampled lots of lovely ales and visited lots of nice pubs.

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October saw us encounter the evil that is seitan, on an otherwise pleasant trip to Portugal. Their ability to use hops when creating beer was rather in doubt until we finally managed to track down some actual beers in the hell hole that is Albufeira.

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There have been more selections from the Needle & Pin craft beer club too, with a few reviews dotted around, although I’m very behind on that too. A couple of trips to the Poppy & Pint in Nottingham (more good beers to try and good food). A new curry house (to us) just across the M1. An incredibly bland pint of cask ale accompanied the blandest pulled pork burger at the King’s Arms in Hathern. Just a few days later, a posh fish finger sandwich repaired the damage to the reputation of pub food caused by that burger.

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A November highlight was the American craft beer night at The Needle & Pin, all IPAs, from a couple of regions of the USA. We crossed from New York City to San Diego with some interesting variations on IPA. I had to take my Founders Redankulous DIPA home (due to having to get up for work), and it’s still sitting in the beer cupboard awaiting attention. Alongside a lot of others. I’m glad that 2018 is set to be the year of session as it is nice to have a couple of beers of an evening.

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An overnight stay in Camden Town produced four posts, the customary BrewDog visit, some coloured water in a Tex Mex place, a rebadged Caledonian 80/- (why?) and finally a London Pale Ale from Southwark Brewing Co, just south of the river.

A trip to Manchester saw a return visit to Kro Bar with good beer and food again, but the highlight was the real purpose of our visit, Hacienda Classical at the Apollo (where the alcohol situation was appalling and the queues for the bar equally so!)

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Another good burger at Handmade Burger in Leicester rounded out November, with the last day seeing the usual pilgrimage to the Good Food Show at the NEC. November’s beer of the month caused a bit of a stir on Twitter as I was drinking Chubbles very close to its best before date. Chubbles was a 10.9% triple IPA with 100% English malt, a ton of flaked oats, fermented with a specific English yeast, and hopped intensely with Galaxy, Citra, and El Dorado.

A couple more craft beer club selections appeared on the horizon, and there was the second Thornbridge night at the Needle & Pin. Also known as “the one where we wiped the floor with everyone else in the pub quiz and won beer”.

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That brings us almost up to date, with some of our recent Lakes adventures having already made it on the the blog, and also accounting for another 10 posts that still need to be finished off. So I should stop procrastinating by writing a navel-gazing milestone post and get back to writing about our food and drink adventures.

Happy 750, we’ll be at 800 before you know it. I just need time to write some more!

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