Beer-related events in the East Riding

First night in Beverley (17th October) we popped into the Chequers micropub and I studied the pumps, finally asking for a pint of Atom Brewery’s IPA (5.6%).  This choice was rewarded with a near cheer from the barman, who just happened to be one of the brewers of said ale, and as keen on those delicious US hops as myself.  Jack Walker is his name, and he had recently met Mark Tranter, and was enthusing about his experimental brewing.  Jack has a beer blog, and you can see him talking here.

The next day we went to visit dad, where the Highland Park was soon open, but the only beer I could sup with it was cans of Boddingtons.  Needs must.  On returning to the Chequers that evening the Atom IPA was  gone but a respectable alternative in the form of Brass Castle’s Sunshine IPA (5.7%) was on.  This brewery is in Malton where Bad Seed Brewery is also located (no link to Nick Cave), tried one of their beers from the newly opened Beer in a Bottle shop in central Beverley.  I pinched the picture below from the Brass Castle Facebook page.

The Vampyre is a well hopped beer coloured a little with beetroot juice, and another excellent ale.  The man about to pull a beer is Dave Litten (the Bloke from Hull) who had a part in brewing the Soveriegn ale.

The Vampyre is a well hopped beer coloured a little with beetroot juice, and another excellent ale. The man about to pull a beer is Dave Litten (the Bloke from Hull) who had a part in brewing the Sovereign ale.

On Monday the Chequers is closed so I tried the Green Dragon on Saturday Market.  Excellent JPA (Jack’s Pale Ale) from the Windsor Castle Brewery in Stourbridge, and only £2.25 a pint.  Supper at home – spaghetti with broccoli, garlic and mushrooms, and a bottle of wine.

Garlic and mushrooms cooked in butter, broccoli lightly steamed, then all stirred into the pasta with black pepper and more butter - a real artery blocker, but delicious.

Garlic and mushrooms cooked in butter, broccoli lightly steamed, then all stirred into the pasta with black pepper and more butter – a real artery blocker, but delicious.

On Tuesday we had dinner at the Woolpack (liver and sausages and onion gravy with chips and carrots – yum, and far too much – and a pint of Bank’s Sunbeam, which was a beer).  The Chequers was in the process of receiving a local CAMRA cider pub award as we walked in.  Met the local CAMRA folk and got included in their group picture.

Notice how the Hull and East Riding CAMRA branch members are not all men and are not significantly overweight.

Notice how the Hull and East Riding CAMRA branch members are not all men and are not significantly overweight.

Another member explained that Brass Castle’s name reads properly whichever way up you look at it, as these beer mats demonstrate.

brass castle beer mats

On Thursday I pottered into Nellie’s (The White Horse) for a Sam Smith’s Old Brewery bitter, but it was like vinegar.  The barmaid said others seemed happy with it, but she swopped it for the keg equivalent.  Left after that (even at £1.80 a pint) and had a pint of Abbeydale Deception (lots of grapefruity hops) at the nearby Cornerhouse.

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