Mission is quite simple. Pop to the shops and get back to mow the grass. At the same time my lovely girlfriend has given me a print out of a cake to buy from M&S. “Do not forget!” Easy, what i didn’t say was that the trip to the shops would fit around a beer tour of Brighton. 30 mins away from casa del Newbie. Easy.
Pack the usual on to the bag, a book, Football Weekends magazine, (devoted to watching football in random places around the world) Sunglasses and a packet of chilli hot wave doritos, a hearty brunch. I love Brighton and Brighton seem to love everybody, it is a laid back place where no one is judged and from experiences, every one is smiling. I am sure if i wore my Minotaur outfit no one would bat an eye lid. i opted for shorts and t shirt instead.
Through my giddiness and school boy excitement i forgot to look in M&S for the cake….ah I am sure there is another somewhere. First stop, The Craft Beer Co. It’s Shut. Plan B, head towards the Brighton Dispensary which by my terrible calculation is a couple roads away. Oh look an M&S. I need a beer first, i’ll pop in after.
Magazine in hand, beer ordered (Brighton Bier – West Pier Pale Ale – 4%) time to relax and enjoy the beer. Sadly i was distracted by a gentleman who walked in and just proclaimed
“All of this means nothing to me” waving his hands and pointing at the board and pumps in front of him. He clearly needed a beer and needed it fast. Thankfully the staff talked to him about what styles he likes and after a few tasters he walks away satisfied and picks the table behind me.
Obviously i have 2 choices, Sit and read my magazine or pretend to read it and use my dumbo ear to listen to their conversation. This man is gold. He starts off moaning about how empty the pub is and no atmosphere (12 pm on a Thursday is hardly happy hour) then proceeds to slag the beer off. Luckily his wife must be used to this kind of bashing and decided to change subject, talking about the postcard they need to get and the itinerary for the day…only to be shut down and nagged at for how expensive postcards are these days. More slagging off is done about the style and decor of the pub, which i think is perfect. This man really isn’t enjoying his day but something tells me he never does.
Enough of this negative ninny, time to move on to the next stop which is The Craft Beer Co. Thankfully it was open and i had the whole place to myself which meant i could take my time choosing what to have. This time going for a beer from Marble Brewery and their Chocolate Marble. Thankfully there was no taste of marble (i’ll get my coat) lots of Chocolate, in fact it felt like i was a kid again drinking chocolate milk and enjoying my football magazine…..but this time it was more manly. kind of.
The soundtrack in the pub was fantastic, which meant i ended up reading a whole feature on Icelandic 4th division football without actually taking anything in. Damn it. The only thing that woke me from my musical daze was a text to remind me to pick up the cake form M&S, which reminds me i must go there next seeing its so close.
Next stop – M&S. PIKACHU! there is a real life Pikachu across the road, not the Pokemon go stuff but a grown man or woman dressed in a Pikachu outfit. It’s the little things that impress me. Anyway where was i? oh yeah, Bison Arms beer shop down by the sea front.
Every time i find myself in Brighton i always stop in to pick something up. I used to ‘stumble’ across the shop until my girlfriend realized the 8th/9th time wasn’t a coincidence and now she even reminds me to pop in. What a gal. Bison Beer have the local pride and appeal that draws you in, which was evident with a launch a few day before of the new local brewery Lost and Found and i got talked into buying a couple, didn’t take much persuasion mind.
Starting to lag now, fuel is low. Food is needed and probably another beer, so after a brisk walk it was a glorious sight to see the iconic Brewdog sign in the distance. I love the huge board above the bar shouting at me whats on, shouting at me to get Ace of Citra from Brewdog themselves and it surprisingly worked well with my Chuck Norris burger (chicken for us mortals)
I was surprised at the amount of people walking in and acting shocked at there being good and different beer to their normal tipple. i counted 10 or so times where the staff talked them through the tastes and styles…..i should probably get back to my magazine. 1 More beer left before i finally go to M&S, AND WHAT A BEER! one of my favourites in the world, one of the first beers that got me into good beer. Beavertown – Gamma Ray.
So finally got to the end of a mini adventure and a plan is up my sleeves, there is an M&S at the station.
I got distracted again, mysteriously pulled into the North Laine Brewhouse which is a pub with their brewery behind and above the bar. Ah, too good. Shouldn’t be long, a quick North Laine Ale which went down far too quickly and easily followed by their IPA. At this point i got caught staring at the brewers above the bar working away like i was staring at otters playing in the zoo. I bloody love Otters.
Either way it was time to grab a train beer at Trafalgar Wines and go in search of that silly cake. Mikeller – Stateside IPA was a good finish with a can that is packaged in a way that i could get by with people thinking it was a juice drink, that’s what i’m going with anyway.
Walk in the door, mowed the lawn.
“You stink of beer……where’s the cake?!”