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Primarily a cider drinker, I enjoy visiting as many different pubs as possible around the country. I'll try to mention the beers as well as any decent ciders!

Username: blue_scrumpy

Age: 45

Sex: male

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The Castle Tap, Reading

Whilst changing trains in Reading, we took the opportunity to try the Castle Tap out. It's a good walk of almost 15 minutes from the station and is a fairly small establishment. With a live band on, entry is from a side entrance in an alleyway. The pub was absolutely packed and the band seemed good too. Although we only got to hear their last 2 or 3 tracks. As we were leaving, another band was setting up. Just 3 real ales were on - West Berkshire Good Old Boy, Bingham's Junga Chinook & Tring Tea Kettle. In addition to a number of craft beers, there were also 4 ciders/perrys - Pang Valley Midway, Orchard Cottage Hitchcox Dry, Cleeve Hill Perry & Venton's Sweet Maid. Whilst it was too busy to fully appreciate (even the bar staff had run out of glasses), I thought this seemed like a really good pub and I will return one day.

10 Nov 2019 14:15

The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton

The Bookshop Alehouse was the first of 3 micropubs we tried in Southampton yesterday. We also visited Olaf's Tun & Caskaway. But neither of those are listed on here. In my opinion, the Bookshop was the best of the 3. It had a lively atmosphere with a fair few football fans in prior to the game at St Mary's. which is a walk of just over 20 minutes away. The interior has plenty to keep you occupied, with the books, various signage and a wall devoted to adverts for local gigs and other performances. On the ale front, the cask choice was Vibrant Forest Cacaophony, Elusive Punchout, Red Cat Tomcat & Harbour Daymer Extra Pale. There was also an interesting craft beer selection, including a rather unusual sour porter. 4 real ciders were also on, including one I'd never previously had. The selection was Orchard Pig Maverick, Pulp Rhubarb Cider, Dorset Nectar Dabinett & Big Nose Beardy Little Shepherd. Just a single toilet was causing queues. But, with friendly owners and customers, I really liked this micropub.

10 Nov 2019 13:59

The Gordon Arms, Portswood

The Gordon Arms was a welcome break from the heavy rain in Portswood yesterday lunchtime. It's a fairly basic corner pub, that was showing a Premier League football match on one screen and a Championship one on another. 2 real ales were Doom Bar & 6X. But, a nice surprise was Lilley's Somerset Scrumpy on a third handpull. The cider was extremely cloudy and the taste wasn't the best. But, I've not had any ill effects yet! Better pub than I had expected.

10 Nov 2019 13:51

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