Starting with in the future  BEERS ON THE BAR FRI 17/02/17 will be:-

Tawny  Owl 3.8%- Cotleigh after

El Dorado 4.0%- North Riding

Sea Hawk 4.2%- Cotleigh

Honey Buzzard 4.5%- Cotleigh

No 3, 5.0%- Gadd’s

SAT   18/02/17 Fish and chip supper cancelled due to lack of interest

Mon 20/02/17 MUSIC NIGHT

Now the past, Sat 28/01/17 saw me hitching a lift, on a CAMRA  reccy of the North           Northumberland Coast up to Berwick and the hinterland  at Beadnell on a usual back  end of January day, overcast and damp. However it is a beautiful coast to see whatever the prevailing weather,usually overcast and damp. The day was more enjoyable with good company and numerous stop overs at various hostelries more of which later.                A couple of observations of the day, the beer quality varied as much as the cost,  why  do foody pubs charge so much for  a pint when they are making a scandalous mark-up on food? Anyone that knows me, knows I have no great love of Alnwick  Ales firstly for there lack of provenance, it is brewed anywhere and everywhere other than Northumberland never-mind Alnwick. I am told even theAlnwick Rum is blended in Holland. Secondly I find their beers bland at best, however we had rather long stopover at the Castle Inn Bamburgh. A foody pub with vastly overpriced beer and my heart fell when I saw they had two Alnwick Ales on, Amber and Gold, the weather was too inclement to venture forth so a pint of Amber which lived up to my expectations. The weather had not improved any and still time to spare, I had a pint of the Gold and was most pleasantly surprised, probably the best pint of the day.                                                  Pubs of the day were The Ship at Seahouses foodie  but can be forgiven for the selection of beers and the wonderful bar, cluttered with nautical bric-a-brac. The  Pilot at Berwick, hidden away in the back streets,as if forgotten about in the scheme of things,loved but untouched for years and no food unless you asked nicely for a Growler.  The third pub  highlight was the Masons Arms at Arnham nice comfortable busy old pub, lost a few points for a TV though. To be continued.


New Year  both English and Chinese. Sat 28/01/17 joined a Camra survey of coastal       Northumberland  and hinterland,  more later


U.S. IPA 5.5%- North Riding                         Old Rosie   7.3%

White Star 4.5% Titanic                                   Moonshine 7.5%                                                      Dark   Cherry 4.4%  Titanic                             Original Perry 7.5%

Colchester No1 4.1% Colchester

BEERS IN THE CELLAR   o/s means “on stillage” ready to rock and roll

RUDGATE                                                          COTLEIGH

Jorvik Blonde 3.8 (o/s)                                  Tawny Owl 3.8% (o/s)

Cry Wolf 4.0% (o/s)                                       Commando 4.0%

NORTH RIDING                                              Cotleigh 25 4.0%

El Dorado 4.0% (o/s)                                      Sea Hawk 4.2%

Jester 4.3% (o/s)                                               Honey  Buzzard 4.5%

Aussie Pale 4.5%                                              Barn Owl 4.5%

ASHOVER                                                          Old Buzzard 4.8%                                                        Poets Tipple 4.0%

Little Moor Citra 4.1%

The Fabrick 4.5%


Gadds Brewery

Vale Brewery

Rudgate Brewery

More off than on

My internet connection that is.


 Well much has happened in my absence, as you will see by the poster. I am Gob-smacked, Overwhelmed,. Overawed and reet  Chuffed. Not only North Northumberland Pub of the Year, but overall Tyneside and Northumberland Pub of the Year. That surely calls for a beer (reason no.2342)

Whilst off-line and unable to get a pass out from the asylum, I filled my time and bladder, testing, checking and re-testing the beers, in the cellar and on the bar (it’s hellish but someone has to do it).

The beers that stood out to me were Sledging 5.1% by Five Towns, a naturally cloudy wheat beer, very off putting to anyone seeing it on the bar, it being quite murky looking. But the complex taste more than made up for that, prominent banana, some orange and  raspberry,along with a good wheat beer spiciness, so for supper it was toast with jam, mushed up banana a good sprinkling of sugar and under the grill to caramelize-Lush. Also from Five Towns, Ashes 4.3% a very  tasty pale copper hoppy (mosaic and perles)  brew. Now this brew has changed my mindset it was a great joy and pleasure to drink this, it ticked all the boxes. Looking forward to Outwood Gold 5.0% this weekend. I am now going to waffle on many years ago I had a beer in the cellar that was clear and bright and I did not like the taste of so I would not put it on, push came to shove as I needed a replacement at that ABV ,so I put it on. It sold like hot-cakes. So beer is a personal   thing”one man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Again so or so again I  will give give the brewers tasting notes or if unavailable my own along with my own personal rating. 0-1 Nondescript 5 Peculiar Blue, Jaipur, Stallion, Summer Lighting,Yankee, Brugges Triple, Chimmay Blue Cap.   Another brew that stood out was from the ex porn cinema The Usual 4.4% by Milk  Wood


 FIVE TOWNS-Outwood Gold 5.0%

MARSTON MOOR-Merrie Maker 4.5%

SONNET43 Bourbon Milk  Stout  4.3%

NOOK Baby Blond 3.8%


B&T-Shefford, Beds

Golden Fox 4.1%

Dragon Slayer 4.5%

CULLERCOATS-Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear

Shuggy Boat 3.8%

FIVE TOWNS-Wakefield, W. Yorks

Baby Blue 4.5%

Monster Mash 5.1%

HIGH HOUSE FARM-Matfen, Northumberland

Lily Brewster 4.5%


Yorks 3.7%

OSSETT-Ossett, W Yorks

York Blonde 3.9%

Silver King 4.3%

RAW-Staveley, Derbs

Summit Pale 4.1%

Try Ale 4.1%

JR Best Bitter 4.2%

Dark Peak Stout 4.5%

RUDGATE-Tockwith, York

Perles of Wisdom 4.0%

Odins Horn 4.1%


Steam Beer 3.8%

 I.P.A. 4.4%


Stop press

I am absolutely overwhelmed The John Bull Inn has just been voted Camra North Northumberland Pub of the Year. Dead chuffed but more so as it has also been voted North Northumberland Cider and Perry Pub of the Year. Thanks to everyone that voted and thanks to Camra for who they are and what they do. Yet another reason for a beer.  Talking about beer here is what we have on the bar tonight :-

Milestone –  Newark                                                                                                        Lion’s Pride 3.8% –aroma is malty, lightly caramel, hoppy and citrussy, flavour malty, lightly fruity and citrussy.                                              American Pale Ale 4.6%–  a golden I.P.A. using all American hops. More details after celebratory drink.                                                                  Milk Street– Frome                                                                                  The Usual 4.4%– well rounded fruitiness with  a dry bitter finish and notes  of raspberry The brewery is situated in an ex-porn  cinema. Now who would have thought of a porn cinema in Somerset- not I.                        FORTHCOMING BEERS                                                                      Box Steam  Holt                                                                                                              Golden Bolt 3.8%

Cullercoats– yes from Cullercoats                                                                           Shuggy Boat 3.8%                                                                                                                 I had a visitation from the brewer of brewers Malcolm Bristow aka             Five Towns– Wakefield                                                                                                  Hello Spaceboy 3.9%                                                                                                          Lovers Leap 3.9%                                                                                                                 Ashes 4.3%                                                                                                                             Baby Blue 4.5%                                                                                                                     Outwood Gold 5.0%                                                                                                           Sledging 5.1%                                                                                                                         Monster Mash 5.1%                                                                                                             High House Farm– Matfen                                                                                        Lily Brewster 4.6%                                                                                                               Marston Moor– York                                                                                                      Merrie Maker 4.5%                                                                                                             Nook– Holmfirth                                                                                                                  Baby Blonde 3.7%                                                                                                                Yorks 3.8%                                                                                                                            Rudgate– York                                                                                                                     Ossett- yes again Ossett                                                                                                      York Blonde 3.9%                                                                                                                Silver King 4.3%                                                                                                                  Rudgate– York

Mr Brewer 4.0%                                                                                                                   Perles of Wisdom 4.0%                                                                                                     Odin’s Horns 4.1%                                                                                                               Battle Axe 4.2%                                                                                                                     Ruby Mild 4.4%                                                                                                                    Sonnet43– Durham                                                                                                           Steam Beer  3.8%                                                                                                                 Blonde 4.1%                                                                                                                          Bourbon Milk Stout 4.3%                                                                                                 I.P.A. 4.4%

I must apologise,  it is not showing as printed and I cannot change it. Hopefully you will get the drift .  Gus