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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #20: 26.08.04 at 11:53 »

Yes, it will have to be 18 gallons.  I suppose we'll just have to make great personal sacrifices and drink it all, then.  What a bummer.
 
Seriously though, judging by the numbers who respond to every posting on this subject, I don't think there'll be too much of a problem.
 
I suppose I'd better be democratic and tell you all what's on offer, though I'm sorely tempted to make a unilateral decision.  The "menu" is Theakston's, Courage Directors', John Smith's, and Morland's Old Speckled Hen.  Now, Old Speckled Hen happens to be my favourite bitter (pure nectar!!!), so unless anyone has serious objections I shall order that.  Dammit, I AM in charge of all this, after all.
 
Don't forget, folks: if you want your real ale, subscribe to Theo's fund once he gets it going.  No subsciption - no ale.
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #21: 26.08.04 at 12:49 »

Well done Richard and Theo. Count me in. OSH seems as good a choice as any on the list so I'll be happy with that. As we'll be there all afternoon and evening I hope there won't be a problem getting through it. I assume that there are many ale drinkers coming who haven't yet indicated their interest in sharing the ale, who will be willing to help out in this worthy cause Tongue .
 
However, as Colin Crooks suggested,  I'll bring a couple of empty gallon containers just in case there's any left, and suggest others do the same, so we can buy any leftovers should it be necessary, rather than waste it Shocked .
 
(Come to think of it, it could come in handy during the long night at the Travelodge Wink )
 
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« Reply #22: 26.08.04 at 15:28 »

I have a very strong preference for Courage Directors followed by Theakstons then Old Speckled Hen (which I would like to like more because it is named after an old MG car) and finally John Smiths.  Does anyone else wish to weigh in with a preference?
 
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #23: 26.08.04 at 16:03 »

on 26.08.04 at 15:28, Theo Clarke wrote:
I have a very strong preference for Courage Directors followed by Theakstons then Old Speckled Hen (which I would like to like more because it is named after an old MG car) and finally John Smiths.  Does anyone else wish to weigh in with a preference?

 
I should have asked earlier, but I assume the Theakston's on offer is the ubiquitous Theakston's Best, and not the brewery's (IMO) vastly superior products XB and Old Peculier (now there's a thought!  Tongue )
 
But maybe at around 3.6% abv, Theakston's Best might be a more sensible option if we're going to face a challenging session and still remain compos mentis during the later stages of the evening. Directors is around 4.8% and OSH 5.2% - either of these might prove to be the undoing of those intent on ensuring the cask is empty by the end of the night. And I'm not sure Pete would be that chuffed to face a roomful of snoring drunks sprawled across the aisles Wink
 
I wouldn't call Director's or OSH session beers by any means - thus speaks the voice of reason (me?! surely some mistake!) Wink
 
(I'm assuming John Smith's is not worth serious consideration, unless anyone can persuade me otherwise.)
 
What do the other ale drinkers think?
 
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« Reply #24: 26.08.04 at 17:44 »

I would go for the Hen on taste grounds (insofar as I recall). I don't think a few pints over the course of the day, especially with food-ballast, would send me into the land of nod. But I'll go with the majority verdict.  
 
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« Reply #25: 26.08.04 at 20:06 »

A kil of Old Peculier - a new slant to Sessionman's Blues?
 
Seriously though, I think Paul is right and Theakston's Best would be the most prudent choice.
 
Rest assured, Kate and I are up for it whatever is chosen!
 
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« Reply #26: 27.08.04 at 00:22 »

I'm in with the Barrel Boyz, too, please!
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #27: 27.08.04 at 21:13 »

Not being a beer-drinker, can I enquire about the provision of cider? I'm very partial to a drop of Dry Blackthorne.
 
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #28: 27.08.04 at 21:41 »

on 27.08.04 at 21:13, Leslie Moss wrote:
I'm very partial to a drop of Dry Blackthorne.
Wot, no real scrumpy? Can't let the ale camp have all the best booze!
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« Reply #29: 03.09.04 at 22:10 »

The formation of the Cask Conditioned Company (neither constrained nor limited) awaits Richard's advice to me of the cost of a kilderkin of Theakstons Best.  In principal, however, our prospectus is for the issue of 144 shares at about two quid each.  Each share can be converted into one pint of ale on the day.  The shares will be sold first come first served and if not all the shares sell at 'flotation' I will be asking investors to help us out by buying more shares and bringing a 'takeaway' container (with no pressure selling, however).
 
More when I know it ....
 
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #30: 03.09.04 at 23:03 »

on 03.09.04 at 22:10, Theo Clarke wrote:
...if not all the shares sell at 'flotation' I will be asking investors to help us out by buying more shares and bringing a 'takeaway' container (with no pressure selling, however).

 
Pressure? Only from natural conditioning, I hope Wink
 
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« Reply #31: 03.09.04 at 23:05 »

on 27.08.04 at 21:13, Leslie Moss wrote:
Not being a beer-drinker, can I enquire about the provision of cider? I'm very partial to a drop of Dry Blackthorne.

 
Leslie - I despair! Didn't you learn anything from your time in the Changers?  Wink
 
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« Reply #32: 03.09.04 at 23:11 »

on 27.08.04 at 21:41, S J Birkill wrote:

Wot, no real scrumpy? Can't let the ale camp have all the best booze!

 
I'll be going down to Scrumpyland between now and PoD (for personal stocking up, you understand), so if there's a demand for (say) a 5-gallon polycask of the genuine article, I could easily pick it up and bring it along to PoD. I'm not sure how the management would react though - there may be licensing restrictions or whatever... but if anyone wants to folow this up, let me know.
 
If anyone else apart from Steve (and maybe a converted Leslie) is interested, please signal your interest here.
 
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« Reply #33: 08.09.04 at 11:16 »

For all you thirsty people, this is just to reassure you that we still await the cask price from the pub.  There will be more details when I have them.
 
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« Reply #34: 11.09.04 at 08:31 »

Count Pale Scarlet in for a share or six in the ale fund. All 3 of us imbibe to varying degrees (although the girls in the band apparently have lower capacities than yours truly).  
 
As much I as love OSH, I fear a lengthy session with it might be too telling, and would opt for the Theakstons as first choice. Not particularly fond of Directors, but would take it in a pinch. I wasn't aware that John Smiths was available cask conditioned, but my CAMRA days are far behind me, so what do I know?
 
Order of preference from the Pale Scarlet quarter would therefore be:
1) Theakstons
2) OSH
3) Directors
 
Gosh, this thread is making me thirsty!
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« Reply #35: 12.09.04 at 19:07 »

I have to agree with Rob that a whole evening of OSH might challenge the constitution somewhat, much though the tastebuds would be delighted. I would vote for the Theakston's. Count me in for a couple or even three.
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« Reply #36: 07.10.04 at 12:58 »

It is with a heavy heart I must announce to you all (and especially Theo Clarke) that the Woodstock's management has now discovered that it is not allowed to supply us the cask we were hoping for.  Apparently they are contractually bound to sell only John Smith's Smooth (i.e. tasteless).  Maybe this is the only way the brewery can unload the stuff?
 
I"m sorry.  I can only repeat what I said earlier: I hope we can still have a good time, even if it is the Pub of P*ss.
 
Oh well.  At least I tried....
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #37: 07.10.04 at 13:06 »

Good grief Richard, you had me worried for a minute. I thought it was something important - like PoD coming unstuck!  Wink
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Re: Ale for PoD
« Reply #38: 07.10.04 at 13:09 »

Carole, it IS important!  Have you no sense of proportion?
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« Reply #39: 07.10.04 at 16:46 »

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