Monday, May 18, 2009
Belt Up for Ale Stars
It is not often that a pleasant beer evening comes with a safety warning but I guess maybe sometimes they should, particularly if you attend them with people like Shandy. Or Dr Lager.
Tomorrow night sees the tenth, or eleventh ... might even be the twelfth (I’m a drinker, not a counter) instalment of Ale Stars. When it is suggested that you leave your car at home, you know you’re in for a treat. When you live a 40 minute drive away from the venue you know you are in for watching while other people have a treat! But that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the opportunity to sample some decent beers and some that you may not have had the chance to try before.
Vintage, Old and Strong ales is the theme for Ale Stars tomorrow and, for the very first time, there is not a beer on the list that I have had the pleasure of sampling before. There is excitement mixed with just a little bit of apprehension at this thought. Looking forward very much to trying a new drop while unsure of the final outcome without knowing the relative strengths of each! I’m happy to see how things go, but being the responsible adult that I pretend to be, I have to take care with responsible consumption when driving. Besides, I can always stay back for a while if need be, but standing at the bar in a place like The Local Taphouse without a beer is a bit like going to a titty bar and then watching the bouncers. On the door.
And for any Ale Star out there who feels just a little pity for my plight and may like to pop over and give me a lift in tomorrow night, drop me a line and I’ll give you directions. Hey! I can hear you sniggering from ere. That’s not nice!
Ale Stars kicks off at The Local Taphouse Tuesday May 19 at 7.30 ish. See you for Sneaky Upstairs Beers at around 7. Depends on when my driver gets me there.