A rare recollection of the epic Wax track from 1987 is the surprise blog title for a brewery tap that started in 1982.
Iconic boozers, beer and all things cask related are Burton’s biggest attraction. To be fair to Nigel Clough and the local football team they are building up a head of steam but in terms of tourist attractions the beer in Burton wins every time.
Actually, brewing behemoths and Albion aside, Burton doesn’t do a big line in tourism, which means you get a raft of ‘local’ style boozers in the town centre.
There is a Waterstones too, which I found supporting local beer blogger Ian Webster aka http://thebeertonian.com/ and books about beer in Burton always catch the eye.
He’s also done a handy guide for away day football fans to visit Burton so this should be useful for both Duncan and Si next season after Reading and Hull’s inevitable demise! http://thebeertonian.com/2018/05/28/the-away-fans-guide-to-real-ale-in-burton-upon-trent-part-two/
There are still plenty of brewers too and one of the more established (36 years and counting) is Burton Bridge and they have a particularly iconic boozer just as you cross the bridge into Burton.
They’ve got a chain of around five or six but this is the daddy of them all and you can’t miss it as you come into Burton.
295 – Burton Bridge Inn DE14 1SY is the multi-roomed tap house for Burton Bridge and used to be a Bass House but, and I am surmising here, I can’t imagine it was any better when it was owned by Bass.
A fairly quiet Thursday afternoon at about 2pm but the handful of punters were friendly,
(barman – font of knowledge)
the beer Golden Delicious (Burton Bridge) was excellent,
and the pub is a gem with history oozing out of every pore…
The barman was a font and warming up for their beer festival later that evening.
I asked him about their busy time and he said there was no rhyme or reason as it could be packed or quiet for reasons he couldn’t fathom.
But he did say they still had a strong post work drink crowd and that 5pm onwards most evenings was buzzing.
This must be in the ‘pubs to visit’ section of Burton’s long list of iconic boozers.
Maybe, with all the keg craft boozers sprouting up such as The Dog then this place might seem like a throwback.
However, the beer is good quality with the obligatory “I’ll just let that settle,” quote from the barman, which is always a barometer of quality.
If this place is old school then I am more than happy to be considered old school. Long live the old school!