The wonderfulness of the beer blogosphere and the generosity of beer people continues to delight and surprise me. The kind gentleman that is Glynn Roberts was kind enough to send me some craft lager samples, along with a t shirt, glass and yeh an autographed beer mat. Glynn writes the blog Rabidbarfly and runs the Rake in London. I’ve never been there, having a mild allergy to London, but I’m sure it’s a nice place, even if it may very well be full of beer geeks. He’s got a craft lager festival on at the moment, which I suspect is much like a regular beer festival except that the patrons are doubtlessly younger, more attractive, thinner, better dressed, clean shaven and with trendier haircuts. Click on the link for details. I’m sure if you’re darn sarf, it’s worth a look, despite the absence of cooking lager. Craft lager is all well and good, but you would expect a lager festival to acknowledge the special and legitimate lager style that is dirt cheap lout.
The lady squeeze appears less surprised when I show her free beer these days, I don’t know why; it still excites the pants off me. Receiving free beer is one of the single most exciting and life affirming events in life. She did express concern that the beer mat would appear in a new frame(which it will) and her opinion of the red Breda Lager T shirt was a tad uncomplimentary. That at least gave me a solid reason to wear it. Wearing clothes that she hasn’t bought me or approved of when shopping is an important element of masculinity. It looks a bit like an Arsenal T-shirt, so it’s quite fun to wear up north.
All the very best with LOBI week, Glynn. I fully support craft lager. It is a useful stepping stone from pongy ale to bona fide cheap supermarket lout as we convert the pongy ale drinkers to cheap lout.