Thursday 27 September 2012

Meantime IPA in Sainsbury's

It looks like Meantime IPA has lost its listing in Sainsbury's. That's a shame because in my opinion it was the best beer avaialble yearlong in a national supermarket. Before you shout 'Waitrose' we don't have many of them up here.

I often used to visit Sainsbury's especially to buy this beer. Usually, I'd remember other things I needed or make an impulse buy so they've lost more than just the cost of the beer.

Monday 24 September 2012

Stalybridge Buffet

I'd heard rumours of trouble along the Transpennine real ale trail with stag/hen groups. I saw proof of this on Saturday on a visit to Stalybridge for a footy match. The Station Refreshment Rooms aka Buffet now use plastic glasses on Saturdays at the behest of the local Police.

In my experience the beers here appeal to the ticking fraternity and are not necessary the greatest examples of the brewing art. Add a plastic glass and mediocrity is the order of the day. The Buffet serves a number of Belgian beers. It seems ludicrous to be given a plastic glass with your Chimay Bleue. Ditto wine.

The Police-driven dash for plastic is a worrying trend and can only deter the discerning drinker from visiting pubs even more.