Published: 03 February 2023
"You seem very cheery" said Max. Well t'young lad behind the bar was very convivial Max. Tad unusual in the Strat."
What were you on we" said Max, trying to stress, rather unecessessarily I thought, his Nottingham credentials.
"We were discussing Max, cloudy and non cloudy beers and for once I was not greeted with prickly defensive responses."
"So he shared your view as to the inappropriateness of serving stuff that looks like Maggie's dishwater in a public place?" said Max.
"No not at all. In fact, he's a fan of the muck, seeks it out."
"And yet you bonded?" said Max.
"We did indeed Max. I flatter myself that it was a lively, informed conversation between two intelligent coves who shared a love of cask ale. The crux was the merit or otherwise of Neene Valley's "Big Bang Theory' a rather tasty beer that I suspected of an untoward haze."
"You enjoyed it?", said Max.
"I did Max, but declined a second offering because of said haze."
"The compromise would not have been worthwhile?" said Max.
"No Max, principals should never be compromised."
"Never?" said Max with the raising of what might have been thought a 'sardonic' eyebrow".
"Never. Max". I asserted emphatically. "Well almost never."
"So what are you drinking now?" said Max.
"Free beer Max. Free beer."
Beer and biscuits
- Banks' Bitter
- Loop Daddy
- A day without beer.
- Silver King
- Red Raven
- Manhattan Project
- Free beer.
- Netherfield Lagoons.
- Ludlow Blondes
- Ilkley Summer
- Midnight Owl
- Dancing Duck
- Bass in the Chestnut
- Harvest Pale
- Slap in the Face
- Elsie Mo
- Green King IPA
- The Famous Grouse
- Piffle Snonker
- Snowhite Pale
- Electric Dreams
- Theakston's Old Peculiar
- Bass - King's Head
- Speculation Ale
- Summer Storm
- Black Sheep
- Citra - The Embankment
- Butcombe Original
- Oakham Citra
- Catch the Rain
- Modern Love
- Postcode Envy
- Shipstones' Goldstar
- American IPA
- Brother Rabbit
- The Outrun - Amy Liptrot.
- The Enemy Within (4th Edition) - Seumas Milne 2014
- Tessa, The Trader's Wife - Louis Becke (1901)
- The End of the Tether - Conrad (1902)
- La Dame Aux Camilias - Alexandre Dumas
- Turn of the Screw - Henry James
- The Beast in the Jungle - Henry James (1903)
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll 1807
- Man and Maid - Elinor Glyn (1922)
- The Hollow Needle - Maurice Leblanc = 1909
- Montpelier Parade - Karl Geary
- Five Run Away Together. - Enid Blyton
- Dracula - Bram Stoker - 1897
- Days Without End - Sebastion Barry (2016)
- The Witch Finders's Sister
- A Week in December - Sebastian Faulks
- The Devil and Miss Prym - Paul Coelho - 2000
- The Long and Winding Road - A Memoir (Alan Johnson 2016)
- William (Richmal Crompton 1929)