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In the process I was treated to not one but TWO home brews by my host and, the following day, a much needed romp in the woods. through an old and almost unknown POW camp from the Second World War. His girls were much enamoured of the toilet block (what remained of it) and I loved the references to 1996 that were spray painted on listing the X-Files that may have happened there. All in all, a great weekend (albeit last weekend) and one that deserves a blog post. So, here it is.
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The evening kicked off with a lovely curry from Rodley in the house of my host and good friend with his family. This was a brilliant idea all round. His children are great fans of proper curry and I got to try some things that I had never had before chosen by people who knew what they were talking about. Loud conversation was had and I was introduced to the home brews.
First up was Bubba's American Pale Ale weighing in around the 5% ABV mark.
The next was the second offering from Host Brewery, Milestone IPA, again, weighing in around 5% ABV.
Then we went out into the wilds of Leeds city centre, there to meet the third member of our party at the Brewdog pub from our last outing and to carouse like natives. Less rain and cold this time round, as one would expect from the end of summer, and so we arrived in better time and in finer fettle. Lacking the need for food we could get comfortable and set ourselves up. Luckily, our comrade in arms had bagsied some chairs on the top floor.
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Next up was Russian Doll by Brewdog that was brewed in the pub itself. This came in three versions, hence the name, and the fourth, a pale ale version, was unfortunately missing from the line up having previously sold out.
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After this we went to the Brewery Taps as a previous visit there by my comrades had found a truly enormous selection. We were not disappointed. There were 18 ales on offer and so I plumbed for the local ones to start our tour of what they had.
This was a Kirkstall Pale from Kirkstall Brewery at 3.8% ABV.
Desert Sessions was next, Thornbridge Brewery. I failed to get a picture. It was 5.8% ABV.
link), this does very well indeed. It was a good one to accompany discussion about age and the values of different time periods as well as the need to be corporate in the right places. Standards were discussed, of course they were, and the merits of various styles were firmly put in their place. In that sense, then, this is a philosophical ale - able to fade quietly into the background and let adult conversation rule.
Finally, there was Urban Assault from Anarchy Brew Co. at 5% ABV.
He asked us for directions, disagreed with our assessment and we deferred to him. He then continued as if we'd told him off, gave dire warnings about the final price being down to us, whilst we continued to say we were past offering argument and would agree with his judgement - he was a taxi driver, we were drunk - and he continued to treat the conversation as if we'd threatened to punch his lights out. All very odd. I am, after all, a tired drunk rather than an angry drunk. Maybe it's because we were slightly loud. No, I was slightly loud, my host was not.
All in all, a great night out. I have been gifted some more home brew and I am looking forward to trying them both again, without the company of other ales, so as to appreciate them properly. Reviews, obviously, in due course! My thanks to my partners in crime for the evening - we must arrange for you both to come to my end and try out the local hostelries in my area. Less craft, but more space and less busy.