It has been a mixed bag of a week since my last post with both good and not so good news.
Warwickshire winning the Schweppes County Championship for the first time since 2012 was definitely in the good news category whilst sitting through Blues’ goalless draw with Preston wasn’t as bad as it sounds…
However, Tamworth Mark posted some grim news that Cask Ale is dying out, as pubgoers are still reluctant to flock to boozers.
But, I have to say, since the pubs reopened there is still cask on and some decent amber nectar too. Granted, the days of ten hand pumps on a Wednesday might be long gone but is that such a bad thing? Much better a tighter range as long as there is turnover and that might, just might keep it alive.
Of course, CAMRA can focus on saving cask ale again and there will be a tight range from on the bar so it will be retro time once again.
This will suit 675 -The Three Merry Lads S42 7AJ which is on the main road in Cutthorpe but, more importantly, backs onto the cricket ground.
I was there watching one of my offspring play cricket in what is arguably Derbyshire’s coldest cricket ground and had been there for a good four hours and noted the pub opened at 3pm…
The beauty of cricket, as Duncan will testify, is that there are plenty of breaks and I reckoned, having seen Beermat junior take a wicket and studied the batting order, I was good for half an hour at least.
The Gaffer was a friendly feller and having opened at 3pm there were already five old boys in the corner enjoying the craic.
I reckon I was the first punter on the Pedigree (Marston’s) as he pulled it through beforehand but it was magnificent. He was quite worried it wouldn’t be but, the landlords who fret, often produce the best pints.
We spoke about the future of cask and he said one was enough with Black Sheep next on the agenda. Surprisingly, he said he didn’t pick up much trade from the cricket club but a lot of the local villages supported him and there are enough chimney pots nearby to keep this well positioned pub ticking over.
I mean, what could be more British than watching cricket in sub zero temperatures whilst having a pint next door?
Pubs matter more than cask ale but as long as pubs like this keep producing great beer than surely it is going to last…