It is one day in the calendar that real beer drinkers dread and licensees must love. Its the Friday before Christmas, 'Mad Friday' is here again. No doubt it will bring its usual collection of groups of lager drinkers, seen in the pub once a year, who think they own the place and the work groups with the once a year drinker who decides the most exciting thing to drink is half of mild.
I am not intentionally critical of these people, they have as much right to be in the pub as anyone else, after all it is a public house, but I just wish that they would be more adventurous and not hunt in packs. The choice of real ale in most of the Town pubs is wide ranging, so why stick to something tried and tested like smoothflow. Branch out, drink something different, like real beer, with real taste, you never know, you may like it. And you may even be converted. The same applies to lager drinkers. Why not try something different to 'Carling'? Even though I don't drink it, surely there are better alternatives. I know the Grove has several to choose from, and the Rat does Becks and Veltins. Why not experiment ?
Anyway, no doubt I will be around in town joining the fight to get served and trying to get into the Xmas spirit. I am glad that it happens only once a year. But I expect the tills in the town centre pubs to be ringing happily to the sound of revellers spending their cash to keep the pubcos happy. Roll on 2010 and sanity.