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Ale for PoD
« : 05.08.04 at 20:34 »

[Slightly OT, but important!]
 
Btw, Richard, what ale does the PoD sell?
 
Depending on your answer, I might have to consider whether the "D" in "PoD" needs changing Wink
 
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« Reply #1: 06.08.04 at 00:41 »

Oh dear. Paul, I was hoping nobody would ask that question.  The sad fact for devotees of traditional British ale (and, believe me, I am one of you!) is that the Woodstock sells not one proper cask-conditioned bitter.  In fact it's one of the last pubs in Sutton I would choose to drink in, BUT it's the one with the large and available function room, so I'm afraid we're stuck with it.  Still, I suppose it's better that you're warned in advamce.  
 
I do hope this doesn't put too many people off; but, hey, let's face it: theatres, cinemas, schools and fields are not normally known for the quality of their beer either.  If a good time was had at the previous XoDs, I hope we can still have a good time at PoD, even if it is the Pub of P*ss.
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #2: 06.08.04 at 08:48 »

on 06.08.04 at 00:41, Richard Bleksley wrote:
Oh dear. Paul, I was hoping nobody would ask that question.  The sad fact for devotees of traditional British ale (and, believe me, I am one of you!) is that the Woodstock sells not one proper cask-conditioned bitter.  In fact it's one of the last pubs in Sutton I would choose to drink in, BUT it's the one with the large and available function room, so I'm afraid we're stuck with it.  Still, I suppose it's better that you're warned in advamce.  
 
I do hope this doesn't put too many people off; but, hey, let's face it: theatres, cinemas, schools and fields are not normally known for the quality of their beer either.  If a good time was had at the previous XoDs, I hope we can still have a good time at PoD, even if it is the Pub of P*ss.

 
Ah well - sometimes even dreams aren't perfect! No worries - I know we'll have a great time anyway.
 
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #3: 09.08.04 at 11:27 »

The publican will probably be amenable to putting in a firkin or a kilderkin of cask-conditioned ale just for PoD ... my party will drink a quarter of a firkin through the course of the day.  If the publican demurs tell him that I will buy a firkin from him up front (and I will then sell shares in that beer).
 
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #4: 09.08.04 at 16:07 »

on 09.08.04 at 11:27, Theo Clarke wrote:
The publican will probably be amenable to putting in a firkin or a kilderkin of cask-conditioned ale just for PoD ... my party will drink a quarter of a firkin through the course of the day.  If the publican demurs tell him that I will buy a firkin from him up front (and I will then sell shares in that beer).

 
I'll volunteer to assist with the other 75% - probably not all of it though  8)
 
Any others willing to help with this good cause? It would be good to gauge interest before ordering  Cheesy
 
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p.s. when I tried to post earlier the server seemed to be playing up. Apologies if this should appear twice! Shocked
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« Reply #5: 09.08.04 at 19:55 »

I'm in on the firkin.
 
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« Reply #6: 09.08.04 at 22:49 »

It must say something about me that it takes the offer of decent beer to encourage me to make my first post on the new forum...
 
Save one for me please.
 
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #7: 10.08.04 at 00:55 »

I do assure all you ale lovers that my heart really sank when I first walked into the Woodstock and looked along the bar to find not a single hand pump (really quite unusual these days).  But I was by then desperate to find a smaller venue, and the function room was so suitable that I signed up for it straightaway.
 
I will put the "custom cask" plea to the guvnor, but I don't hold out a lot of hope.  I suspect his reaction will be similar to Pete's at the suggestion that the MVs should club together to buy the rights of his old records - i.e. "You are unaware of the reaities of the situation and of the difficulties involved."  I myself can think of one major objection.  In a pub not geared up to sell cask beer, how would the delivery from cask to glass be arranged?  The only possible answer is gravity feed straight from the cask, and the function room's bar is so small that it would be very difficult to find room for the cask either on the counter or behind it.  
 
Oh, by the way - if by some magic chance out of left field the request should succeed, count me in!!
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« Reply #8: 12.08.04 at 12:22 »

The publican will need one small table upon which to set the cask a day or so before the event.  At other venues we have persuaded them to put this in the function room. If we buy the whole cask up front we can serve ourselves.  
 
Currently we have seven drinkers sharing 72 pints.  Roll up roll up!
 
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« Reply #9: 12.08.04 at 13:48 »

I'm up for some of the firkin too Grin
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« Reply #10: 12.08.04 at 22:28 »

Perhaps we should mention here that  PoD is happening on Saturday 6 November 2004  at The Woodstock public house, Stonecot Hill, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9HB.
 
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« Reply #11: 13.08.04 at 01:08 »

Is there anyone out there among you ale fans with the knowledge / practice / skill of actually broaching the cask?  That might be one more argument to put to a publican who normally only deals with keg beer.  All he'd have to do would be set it up on the table.
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #12: 13.08.04 at 08:55 »

on 12.08.04 at 12:22, Theo Clarke wrote:

Currently we have seven drinkers sharing 72 pints.  Roll up roll up!

 
Should we set a limit? Tongue
 
(Gad, it's thirsty work, this drinking...)  Grin
 
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Re: ToD/PoD Sutton (was *oD or XoD?)
« Reply #13: 13.08.04 at 09:23 »

on 13.08.04 at 01:08, Richard Bleksley wrote:
Is there anyone out there among you ale fans with the knowledge / practice / skill of actually broaching the cask?  That might be one more argument to put to a publican who normally only deals with keg beer.  All he'd have to do would be set it up on the table.

 
(This thread's rapidly becoming a sort of MV branch of CAMRA, isn't it?)
 
Perhaps we should consider getting a couple of polypins instead of a firkin. I think most breweries do them these days. It would be a lot less hassle than a proper cask.
 
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« Reply #14: 13.08.04 at 11:54 »

The publican is likely to know how to broach a cask. If he does not, then a couple of polypins may well be the solution. Or perhaps someone local could go along to the Croydon and Sutton Beer and Cider Festival at Wallington Hall on 6-9 October and enlist a helper!
 
I don't think we need to preset a limit to the number of cask sharers.  If it gets up to the thirty mark we might need to reexamine the mechanism but I am guessing that this will not be an issue.
 
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« Reply #15: 13.08.04 at 14:00 »

Well I'll certainly quaff a few.  How many depends on getting somewhere cheap to stay the night.  Got to keep the boys in blue happy!
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« Reply #16: 13.08.04 at 21:43 »

Off topic replies have been moved to This Thread by S J Birkill.
 
New thread started -- PoD Accommodation (so those seeking digs but indifferent to ale [What!] may find these posts) -- Steve
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #17: 25.08.04 at 23:04 »

I'm delighted to be able to announce that the management of the Woodstock have agreed to supply a cask of "proper" ale for our festivities.  From the price quoted, though, ("about 288 pounds, depending on which real ale you require") I deduce that they are talking about an 18 gallon cask (is that a kilderkin?) rather than the firkin originally mooted.
 
That's at least one pint for every man, woman and child attending.  On the other hand, some of us are going to be there for about eleven hours.  What do you ale-lovers think?  Is it too much, or can we manage it?  I'd hate to see good ale go to waste.
 
In any case, it's now time for all who wish to chip in to the cost of the cask to step forward.  Theo Clarke, who originally proposed the idea, has kindly agreed to administer the ale fund.
 
I am getting back to the Woodstock on whether a smaller cask is available, and on what ales are on the menu; then it's over to you, Theo.
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« Reply #18: 26.08.04 at 00:47 »

Somehow I have a feeling the ale will not go to waste, but whatever y'all decide, count me in.
 
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« Reply #19: 26.08.04 at 09:44 »

You can count both Colin and Kate Crooks in on the ale.  Perhaps folks might like to bring along a demi-john or similar to help spread out the leftovers, if any.
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