Friday, 2 March 2012


Last week I had chlamydia, diarrhoea and eczema – first time I’ve ever won a game of Scrabble...

It appears that my comments in the last blog relating to short beer measures have caused something of a stir. It seems it is only in the north that there is this fascination with a creamy beer head. The beer sparkler often used in providing the froth can be removed on request –
but this is usually greeted with bewilderment by bar staff who say things like “You’re not from round here are you? That’s how we drink it here!” That may be the case – but it’s not how I drink it, anywhere...

The beer sparkler is a little plastic device placed on the end of the pump and has lots of little holes, to create tiny gas bubbles as your pint is dispensed. You end up with a creamy head that takes ages to settle. It has nothing to do with the softness of the water and comments and comparisons about wet shaving in London and York have little to do with the creamy beer head on pints so treasured in the north.  

The joy of beer drinking is partly in the way the product is dispensed. I do not like flat beer by the way – and no self-respecting pub landlord would offer a beer that was as flat as a witch’s tit!

At the end of the day – it’s all about choice, I suppose – but there’s nothing more satisfying than a good quality beer.

The Sandpiper Inn
Market Place
North Yorkshire

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