I know https://twitter.com/thewickingman is in the process of writing up a Bass directory so I’m not about to steal his thunder but, having checked my blog records, I thought it might be an opportunity to display some pictures of Bass!
It has its critics and yes, it can be perceived as an old man drink and yes, it probably isn’t brewed like it used to be and yes, there are far hoppier and funkier drinks around nowadays but it still remains an absolute corker of a drink. And, as Mudgie quite rightly states in the comments section, it is part of our brewing heritage.
It is, of course, subject to good cellarmanship like all pints of cask ale, so standards can vary but, when it’s kept well, it is magnificent. A lot of the PUB (Pub Union of Bloggers) find this hard to resist which makes us either (a) very sad old men or (b) men of discerning taste.
Undoubtedly the best pint of Bass I have had since I started blogging was at The Anchor in Newhall which was not only absolute nectar but had the added bonus of being just £2.50. I’d go so far to say that if this gem was in the Solihull region then it would be an absolute nailed on cert for the GBG.
However, there have been boozers I’ve been into and not had Bass when it’s been available so I need to be in the mood and variety is, of course, the spice of life.
Anyway, in a shameless plug of some of my previous posts, and to celebrate the sun finally appearing for the first time in 2018, here are some pictures of Britain’s most revered pint of beer (after Carling of course) that I’ve had on my travels.
This is just an aperetif for the main course that will be provided by https://twitter.com/thewickingman in due course.
(The Swan Inn, Milton)
The John Thompson Inn (Ingleby) (Keg version but very tasty – a nod to modern day craft!)
Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (Derby)
The Chequers Inn (Ticknall)
The Crown (Heather)
Ye Olde Talbot (Uttoxeter)
The Anchor (Newhall) (Number 1 for Bass in Derbyshire)
in fact, it’s so good here’s another one!
The Railway Inn (Hatton)
Noah’s Ark (Derby) (non-Bass glass alert #1)
The Gate (Hugglescote)
The Plough Inn (Ashby De La Zouch)
Halfway House (Donisthorpe)
The Shoulder Of Mutton (Barton Under Needwood)
The Fountain (Lichfield) (six of the best!)
The Old Talbot (Hilton) (non Bass glass alert #2, but straight out of a jug #1)
The Bull’s Head (Wilson) (It was Bass, honestly!)
The Spread Eagle (Etwall)
The Station Inn (Derby) (straight out the jug!)