Birmingham: part the second

After the Post Office Vaults we tried Shipyard American Pale Ale (brewed by Marstons from a US brewer who learnt his trade working for Ringwoods) in a bar called Marmalade in Victoria Square.  Nearby three chaps in gaudy gold consulted an engineering drawing.  They turned out to be Boulton, Watt and Murdoch – men concerned with iron and steam.

Matthew Boulton 1728 to 1809, James Watt 1736 to 1819 and William Murdoch 1754 to 1839, engineers of note, recently re-gilded.

Matthew Boulton 1728 to 1809, James Watt 1736 to 1819 and William Murdoch 1754 to 1839, engineers of note, recently re-gilded.

Later we ate at the Shakespeare in Lower Temple Street, where they offered their own pale ale, brewed for them by St Austell brewery.  Then back to the Ibis hotel where Sue had brought a bottle of champagne and glasses as well as nibbles.  After that three of us ventured out again to sample the beer at the Old Fox, just round the corner, where we found Lymestone brewery’s Stonewall and St Austell’s Trelawney.  What a full day.

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