Friday, July 29, 2011

It's GBBF time again

One festival that I have never been to is the Great British Beer Festival in London, (shame on you I hear you shout!) and sadly this year is no exception. This is just a personal thing though, and I know plenty of people who thoroughly enjoy their yearly trip. This year's festival starts next week and for a change I have seen a preview of the beer list (see our Facebook page), and pretty impressive it is too.

There are 429 beers listed covering the UK from Scotland to the Isle Of Wight, with plenty of Yorkshire beers on offer too. Because of the way the breweries are selected, they are all well established (though some are new to me because their output rarely leaves their immediate area or in some cases the brew-pub itself) and the beers are always ones brewed regularly rather than specials.

Some breweries have several beers on offer, others just have one available. Locally one of our better breweries, Mallinsons, has it's Stadium there rubbing shoulders with some of the larger nationals, a great achievement for them and the brewers will be in London to make sure it's on form. The beer of the festival will be selected early on and Mallys has only another 428 beers to beat to get the crown. Maybe this time next week they can be celebrating another local success story! Huddersfield based Golcar Brewery picked up a bronze last time for their Dark Mild and have sent Alba Rose to do battle this year.

All beer styles are represented at GBBF and all strengths too, so whatever sort of beer you like I am sure something there will hit the spot. Foreign beers also have their own beer bar, and I know lovers of foreign beers who make the journey specially to stock up on them. A full list of these can be viewed on the festival's website.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What Has Happened to Pub Games?

A chance encounter in a local pub a couple of days ago started me thinking 'Do People Still Play Pub Games Anymore?' I remember my local back in my youth when there were queues of blokes dipping to play dominoes, the dart board was always in use and the old hands had their game of cribbage started as soon as the first pints were pulled.

Gradually pool became popular as well, and no self respecting pub could call itself a pub without a pool table. Local leagues were full of teams playing all sorts of games every day of the week, often travelling miles to other pubs to compete. Those days seem to have gone.

Clubs seem to have continued the trend, with football and snooker teams often based there but rarely do we find a pub involved. All right, snooker tables take up a lot of space that can be better used for other things, but other games often only take up the space of a table top. It just seems that people have stopped playing.

Thinking of the pubs I regularly use, I can only think of one with a dart board, The Rat & Ratchet; there is a pool table in The Smithfield in Manchester and a bar billards table (lovely game), in The Gardeners in Sheffield. I rarely see anyone playing cards or dominoes.

So has time just moved on and pub games become a thing of the past, or does 'real ale' preclude the drinker from playing games, or has pub design designed out the space for games to be played? I don't know. From a personal point of view I was usually so bad it has made no real difference to me, just saved me paying out when I lost - but in the greater scheme of things it is a shame to lose part of our pub heritage. Unless someone out there knows different.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rat & Ratchet Gets Cider Award

On Saturday the Rat and Ratchet was presented with it's award for joint Runner Up in the Yorkshire Cider Pub of the year 2011. As Dave Litton who presented their award commented, it is a great achievement in view of there being over 200 Yorkshire pubs that serve cider, and the award is recognition of the pubs' commitment to real cider, with often at least six ciders or perrys available there.

They were also presented with the Huddersfield CAMRA 'Mild Pub of the Year' award for their continuing support of milds, with one always on offer at the pub.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Davies)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hall Bower Festival - the late show!

Yesterday while all the other sensible drinkers (in the loosest term!) were enjoying their afternoon in the sun at the Hall Bower Festival, I was otherwise engaged, but after being taunted by some so called 'friends' with the beer list and their tales of good beer, myself and t'other half decided that a trip up the hill could be a good way to while away a couple of hours in the evening. What a good decision that turned out to be. Great beer and good company, in wonderful surroundings, what could be better ?

When we arrived the festival was in full swing. What I like about Hall Bower is the feeling of a purely local event, with a mixture of locals who seem to have taken the festival to their heart, and incomers who enter into the spirit of the occasion. All ages are represented, from young kids to grandparents and all mingle together quite happily. Of course the weather helps, I would not fancy being there in the rain, but sitting outside in the evening sun in the shadow of Castle Hill must be one of the best places around to drink beer.

Ah beer. Almost forgot about that. £1 for a glass and £1.25 for a beer token was an inexpensive way to sample a few on the list. The earlier visitors had made large inroads into the beers available but when we got there there was still beer on each pump, about 14, I think and still interesting stuff to sample. Naturally the Mallinsons special had been and gone, but that had been replaced by their 'Bramling Cross', a truly superb beer made with a much underrated hop, that almost made the trip worth it by itself.

OMB 'HX6' was what it said in the programme, 'a hoppy beer with lots of flavour, a traditional light session bitter'. Upham 'Nectar' was a new brewery to me and a good refreshing bitter, not too hoppy though. Old Mill 'Summer Sunshine' was a 4% beer with a nice malty background, overlaid with a pleasant hoppiness; Battledown is a brewery rarely seen in this part of the world, and their 'Sunbeam' was brewed with lager yeast to give a nicely balanced beer. I finished off with Toad 'Malted In Black ' their first, and last stout, since the brewery's recent demise. Food was also available with plenty of people taking advantage of the pie and peas on offer, I heard rumours of a bbq but that may have been and gone before our arrival.

By this time the weather had become a little chilly so it was off home, with a promise to return at opening time today to see what the punters had left. If you have never been to the festival, give it a try today, or pencil it in for next year, it is not to be missed.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Another Step Nearer For The Rat Brewery

Last night The Rat & Ratchet brewery came a step closer to reality when Rob Allen, the landlord, opened up his conference room to a group of guests to sample his first attempts at what will be his regular brews. The beers had been brewed at Ossett's Riverhead and Fernandes breweries to allow us to give feedback on what we thought was good or less good about the beers themselves, the names and the pumpclips. I hope we gave them plenty of food for thought.

The first beer was 3.8%, with the proposed name of 'Brown Rat'. Brewed with German Brewers Gold hops, we had to comment on the colour, body, bitterness and hop character. Even though it wasn't brown, it was a pleasant enough session style bitter, but had little in the way of hoppiness.

The second beer was 4.0%, 'Blonde Rat', this time with Amarillo and Galena hops. The intention was to brew a beer with an 'intense aromatic and resinous finish'. In my opinion, for what it may be worth, it was again missing out on hops, both in flavour and aroma, but again was a very acceptable beer.

The strongest light beer was 'Golden Rat', a 5% offering with Nelson Sauvin hops. This time the hops did come through, more in the taste than the aroma and gave us a very acceptable IPA style beer with a nice background maltiness, though listening to other samplers, did not meet with universal approval - I suppose you cannot satisfy everyone !

But then again maybe you can. No one I spoke to had a bad word for 'Black Rat'. A very dark beer, with just a hint of red that could not really be pigeonholed as a mild, porter or stout. It had many complex flavours coming from the blend of four malts used in the brew with the subtle flavour of Bramling Cross hops in the background. At 4.5% this was a super beer, and a worthy addition to any brewers' portfolio.

I was not too impressed with the pump clips, but I seemed to be in the minority here, so we will have to wait and see when the appear on the bar. But one criticism that seems to be justified is that the ABV is difficult to read. All that remained was to return to the bar and sample some of the beer again in the pub and chat to the brewers - what is the name for a group of brewers I wonder ?

A really interesting evening from the punters point of view, and a chance to be involved in the early stages of what promises to be another great addition to the Huddersfield brewing fraternity (or should that be sorority judging by the amount of brewsters we have!). Thanks must go to Rob, for his hard work in getting the event organised, to David, for clearing up our mess, Paul the Ossett brewer, for his input into the evening - and of course to Riverhead and Fernandes for actually brewing the beer. Just can't wait to see them on the bar in the Rat.

Should you wish to sample them yourself then they are all available under their working titles. Fernandes 'Scorcher' is 'Brown Rat' and their 'Nelson IPA', 'Golden Rat'. Riverhead 'Hop Pocket' is 'Blonde Rat' and their 'Black Flood', 'Black Rat'.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Festival Weekend

An incredibly busy weekend looms with no fewer than four beer festivals locally plus a brewery launch! Fitting this lot in will take planning, but if you don't have the time to sit down with assorted timetables etc then here are a few suggestions.

It is entirely possible, given the Milltown Brewing Co. launch is a one day event (noon start on Saturday) and all beer just £2 a pint, that not turning up early will be costly - indeed we could see another Bobtown style ale-frenzy here. Trains are on the half-hour from Huddersfield and take a little under 15 minutes to Marsden, so the 11.30 it is then!

With little helpful info coming from the Rose & Crown at Thurstonland so far, it might be judicious not to rely on another free bus service from town this year. With this in mind, and if attending the launch, why not take the 185 leaving Marsden at 13.40 to Holmfirth (approx 45 mins via 335 from Slaithwaite) connecting perfectly with the 313 to Thurstonland (a further 25 mins). Admittedly not the quickest of journeys but just think of all that great scenery, and you will be at Thurstyfest 3 by 3pm having already helped drink Marsden dry!

Tagging Hall Bower AWMC beer festival on afterwards is possible using the 341 service (16.30) or 911 (17.25) to Castle Hill but this would mean not making the most of the 56 ale Thurstyfest - and that would be criminal. Surely better to save Bower for the Sunday when fairer weather is predicted. The 306 leaves Huddersfield bus station at 11.28 on Sunday morning and takes approximately 25 minutes, alternatively an invigorating walk up Lockwood Scar will earn you your beer (- joke!).

If all this seems like hard work then the on-going festivals at The Cherry Tree (JD Wetherspoons) and The Vulcan in town might suit better, but just think what you'd be missing. Obviously plenty of options are available (probably more feasible than this hurriedly concocted one) for making the most of what looks like being a cracking weekend - and should you come up with something then please feel free to share. In the meantime further bus/train times can be found right here. Have fun!

Milltown Brewery Launch Update

The Milltown Brewing Company launch at Marsden Mechanics Hall, Peel Street, Marsden will go ahead on Saturday 23rd July at noon until 11pm and Milltown will have their first two brews available. The first is called Golden Hop 3.8% which is a pale golden session ale and the second brew is Slubbers Gold 4.2% which is described as a rich golden ale.

The launch will also feature a further eight ales from various breweries. These include Summer Storm-Empire, Brewers Gold-Brewco, Light Brigade-Leyden, Cascade-Boggart, Anne Bonney-Bank Top plus ales from Cairngorm Brewery, Brown Cow and The Sportsman in Huddersfield. All the beers will be priced at £2 a pint and that includes Carling lager & Magners cider. Food will be available and there is no entry fee or loud music.
Tel 07531 028715 for further details. (map)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival 2011

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

This years Huddersfield Food and Drink festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. The main event will be taking place in St Georges Square from Thursday 11th August until Sunday 14th August. Here we can expect to find around 70 stalls, including festival bars and food tents, with over 90% of those taking part being from Yorkshire with over 30 cookery demonstrations. There is late night opening on Friday and Saturday and live entertainment both evenings.

Running alongside the festival, there will be two informal but tutored 'Around The World with Wine' tasting events on Saturday 6th August at 12 noon and 1pm at Hoults Wine Merchants, on the Castlegate Retail Park (behind Dominos opposite the Sportsman). The same day has over 10 local restaurants opening their doors for the Taste Trail, between 2pm and 5pm, offering free taster dishes - a roaring success last year, and hopefully just as good this year. Pick up a festival leaflet for full details.

There will be a Real Ale Trail again, between 25th July and 14th August, where, if you get 8 stamps on your festival programme from 12 of the involved pubs, you qualify for a free festival t shirt (subject to availability). Again the full list of pubs can be found on the festival leaflet but includes all the usual suspects plus some others that we tend to visit less. So go get your programme stamped and see what the town's pubs have to offer.

There is plenty for everyone so lets get out there and enjoy it, and make this years event even more memorable. (website)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Festival Beer Lists

In addition to the up and running Star Inn festival we have added beer lists for The Hop in Leeds (on until Sunday), Bobtown 2 (tomorrow) and Hall Bower AWMC (next weekend) to our Facebook page. Hopefully The Little Bull at Middlestown will follow.
Many thanks as always to David Litten for these.

Yorkshire Post Pub Of The Year 2011

For the last couple of months The Yorkshire Post has been running a competition to choose Yorkshire's Pub Of The Year, in association with 'Welcome to Yorkshire'. The winner was announced at the Great Yorkshire Show, as was a 'Yorkshire Ale Trail' consisting of those pubs which made it through to the last part of the judging, 30 in all.

'The Shibden Mill Inn' was selected as the pub of the year. Nestling in a valley outside Halifax, it is a 17th century pub, that attracts a mix of regulars and passers by and is a worthy winner of the competition.

Situated in West Yorkshire's picturesque Shibden Valley, Shibden Mill Inn has been at the heart of local life for over 300 years. It remains so today, though its reputation for fantastic food, drink and sumptuous 4 Star guest accommodation now extends far beyond the Yorkshire borders. Open fires and low beams make Shibden Mill a magical place for sharing life's special moments and shaping memories to last a life time.'

But what of our local pubs? Sadly the only one to make it on to the 'Ale Trail' is the 'Grove' which came in 13th on the list.

But should you fancy a trip out in to the far flung bits of Yorkshire and want a decent pub when you get there, pick up a copy of the 'Ale Trail' - it covers pubs from Todmorden in the West, Sheffield in the South, and several in the Dales and East Yorkshire. Or there again, just stay in Huddersfield and sample some of the best pubs around. They may not have won the award, but we enjoy them.
YP article here.

2nd Bobtown Beer Bash

After the amazing success of the last year’s festival, the organisers are pleased to confirm the second ‘Bobtown Beer Bash’ at Roberttown Community Centre, on Saturday 16th July (noon - 10pm).

Last year’s event exceeded all expectations, and the festival ran dry by 8pm, “We were staggered by the response we received” Robert Knapp, one of the festival organisers explained, “we realised we had something big when we needed to send out for more glasses within two hours of opening”.

The festival raised a significant amount of money for local charities and worthwhile organisations, which was the main aim of the organisers. The Community centre was one of the charities which benefitted, and some of the proceeds from the festival went to a number of improvements the centre has enjoyed since. (map) (facebook)
Latest details & beer list here.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Star Summer Festival Has Arrived

Last night at 5pm a queue of thirsty beer lovers waited for the doors to open on the 10th Summer Beer Festival at The Star, in anticipation of what treats Sam had laid on this year - and they were not disappointed.

It did not take long for the regulars to suss out where to start their drinking evening and the two Mallinsons pumps took a bit of a hammering. This time their offerings were the 4.1% 'Tizzi's Seat' (I have no idea how they managed to keep Tizzi, the pub cat, still enough to get a picture of her), and the 5.1% 'That's What You Are'. Both were light and hoppy and both attracted plenty of early attention while we settled down and scanned the list for other gems.

There was a combination of old faithful breweries, interspersed with some rarities so I decided to try stuff less familiar to me, with varying results. Llangollen 'The Grange' was a 3.2% session ale, nothing special but inoffensive though a little lacking in hops; Mayflower promised a beer with a citra twist, but 'Lemonhead' again seemed a little short of hops; Wentwell 'Derbyshire Gold' was another session bitter that was pleasant enough but not remarkable.

However, all was not lost, as I returned to the old faithfuls. Pictish 'Northern Brewer' was a 4.6% single hopped beer, that divided opinion. Some thought it lacked any real hop definition, others thought it excellent. OMB 'Duck Star' was a pleasantly quaffable beer from this newish brewery with a growing reputation, and Red Rock 'Lighthouse' was another decent beer. I am not sure whether the combination of elderflower & honey worked in the Itchen Valley 'Hambledon Bitter'. The darker beer drinkers seemed impressed with Ashover 'Liquorice Alesort' and Coastal 'Pier Porter' but I decided to stay on the lights.

Steel City 'Rapture' was as hoppy as I would have expected from the Sheffield boys, but my last beer was a real gem. Great Heck seem to have got brewing wheat beer just right and 'Amish Mash' could have happily held its own against some of the better known of the genre. Full of interesting flavours from the malt and five hops used, it was excellent.

So that was it. I have plenty of other beers to sample over the next few days with 46 available on the marquee bar, along with those in the pub. Another successful start to a Star festival, with visitors travelling from far and wide to get a first try at the beers. This time the weather played its part and did not spoil the occasion. Another great festival and a credit to Sam and her team. Just looking forward to trying it again this evening.

If you happen to be walking past the Rat & Ratchet on your way to the Star Festival over the weekend, then call in. They are having a Fullers/Gales festival and promise five of their beers on the bar at once including Brewers Reserve no.2 in a cognac cask. Also available will be Seafarers, ESB, Summer Ale and London Porter.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Star Summer Festival 2011 - preview

Last night, us locals were treated to a preview of what to expect at this weeks Star Festival in Huddersfield, and what a mouth watering selection there is. I will try and post a full list later in the week but to get you in the mood there are rare beers from a couple of Devon breweries coming up, with some from Coastal and Red Rock, along with stuff from Winster Valley and Welbeck Abbey.

There are plenty of local beers as well; specials from Mallinsons and Goose Eye, and new beers from Steel City, Owenshaw Mills, and Five Towns to keep us amused.

As usual 46 beers available outside in the marquee, and an ever changing variety on the inside bar, along with some special ciders and whiskys too, if that is your thing.

So if you fancy a trip to West Yorkshire's premier drinking town, this could be the weekend to do it. The festival is open from 5pm Wednesday and Thursday, and all day Friday through till Sunday. Why not join us there!
Festival list now on Facebook & Twitter

Friday, July 08, 2011

A Day In The Toon (part 2)

Readers of 'A Swift One' may recall that a few months ago, Robin and I tripped up to Newcastle to sample the pubs in the city. This was a return trip, but instead of concentrating on the city itself, we became adventurous and took in some of the fine hostelries to be found on the north side of the Tyne. As before we had a guide in Alan, and just as well because without him we would have never found some of the pubs, let alone found our way back home !

The first port of call was Whitley Bay, a half hour ride on the Metro out of the centre, and our first pub was the 'Rockcliffe Arms' - a gem, hidden away off the main street but committed to real ale. Here we kicked off the day with a new beer from Yorkshire Dales, 'Ivelet Bridge'. Nothing else on the bar appealed so it was off and out to Whitley Bay Wetherspoons, 'The Fire Station'. Strangely enough this was a conversion of the old town fire station, not that you would have guessed. It was light and airy, and there was no pole in sight. The pub was having a Big Lamp brewery festival, and after selecting 'One Hop Wonder' we settled down to watch the world go by. The beer was a disappointment, but lived up to its name, we thought they had only used one bud to brew it, maybe we were just unlucky.

The next stop soon altered that. A five minute bus ride up to the coast brought us to 'The Briar Dene', a large roadside pub on the seafront. There seemed nothing special about it until we approached the bar and then we saw why Alan was so keen on the place. Beer from 'Tyne Bank', a new local brewery, rubbed shoulders with 'Burnside', a Scottish brewery I had yet to sample. We managed to sample all three new beers in here, all in great nick and soaked up the atmosphere of the place. With its location and good food menu, I can see this being a busy place on a warm summer's afternoon, and deservedly so.

Anyway time and beer waits for no man, and it was back on the bus, past the site of the old Spanish City, now a school, and back to the Metro for the trip to Byker. The weather now decided to take a turn for the worse and it was raining heavily when we left the station. I have no idea why the planners of Byker managed to place the best pub in the area miles away from the station, but they have. Anyway, a little damper than when setting off, we made it to the 'Free Trade', another pub not to be missed. It is an old back street boozer, I suppose basic would be the best description, but to pass it by would be a real mistake. About seven beers on handpull, from breweries far and wide were on the bar and we started with another new brewery 'Ouseburn Valley' and sat and looked over the Tyne towards Newcastle. A great view, and one which is worth the visit alone, but complemented by the beer. Another half of Otley 'Thai Bo', made us forget about our soaking as we chatted to another couple of locals who had joined up with us.

From there it is a short walk to the Ouseburn Valley, the area not the brewery, where another couple of pubs awaited us. It is an urban nature area and has seen much regeneration by the look of it, but is relatively unspoiled. Our first stop was a mill conversion called 'Clunys', much bare brickwork here, music and odd art work added to the feel of the place, and again local beer on the bar. Allendale 'Jaspers' went down very nicely before we had to climb up the valley to the 'Cumberland Arms'. Another gem not to be missed, just off the road bridge at Byker, it is an old pub, which has won plenty of awards in its time. The interior may be basic but the welcome and the beer range was not. The house beer Wylam 'Rapper' was on form, and followed by a beer from the rare Stables brewery at Beamish. Just the thing to set us up for the walk back to the city over the bridge.

It takes around 15 minutes to walk back - passing the bizarre Northumbria University on the way - but should you fancy a breather then the 'High Bridge' is en route. They had nothing there to interest us so we continued down to the Bacchus and took in another couple of pubs we had sampled on our previous visit.

Another great trip to the North East, aided by having a knowledgable guide, who managed to persuade, or threaten the landlords to get some interesting beer for our visit. He was ably assisted by Dave and Phil. We have realised a day is not long enough to see what the 'Toon' has to offer, it could take a lifetime so we are already in the throes of planning our next day out there!!!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Update on Huddersfield Breweries

As we all know, Huddersfield is rapidly becoming the brewery capital of the North. Magic Rock seem to have hit the ground running and their beer can be found in pubs the length and breadth of the country. And now they even have their own dedicated pump at The Grove so their beer should always be available at one local pub at least.

The Sportsman brewery should be ready for brewing in the very near future. Despite what has been written elsewhere, I can confirm, after speaking to Sam at the pub, that their first two beers were brewed at Golcar, as has the third due for release this week. Hopefully the next beer should come from their own plant, which is currently undergoing testing.

I have heard that another rumour may be coming nearer to reality when brewing returns to the Rat & Ratchet. Plans are in hand to fit a brewery downstairs in the pub, and Rob the manager, has already made plans about what beer will be brewed there. Initially the test brews will be made elsewhere, to allow the recipes to be tweaked before brewing starts in earnest later in the year, so look out for at least four regular beers and specials.

To diversify a bit, if you trip over the hill into Uppermill, the Saddleworth brewery is still brewing beer for the associated Church Inn, but not only that, I have heard it is on sale in the pub at £1.70 a pint. Sounds well worth the trip.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Acorn Does It Again

One of my favourite breweries, but one that I tend not to write much about is Acorn from Barnsley, and I feel I must share a classic beer I encountered this weekend from their Wombwell brewery.

When the husband and wife led brewery started production in May 2003, with a plant from an ex Firkin pub in Stafford, I must admit their beers did very little for me. They leant towards the more traditional types of beer, with 'Barnsley Bitter' and 'Barnsley Gold', but in the recent past they have become one of those breweries I always look out for and am rarely disappointed in.

Their core range still includes those beers named above but includes 'Old Moor Porter', a classic of its style, and 'Gorlovka', an award winning Russian stout, both well worth hunting out . They have been innovative in their use of hops too, showcasing virtually every variety imaginable in a series of 5% specials, providing a chance to develop the hop character in a way that other breweries often fail to do.

Not only that, but they have now built a reputation, in my opinion anyway, for being one of the best producers of light ales about. Their 'Lightness' is an excellent summer beer, ideal for a warm day watching cricket, 'Blonde' is fresh and crisp, and very moreish and this weekend I have come across their 'Light Ale' . This is 3.6%, but starts with a wonderful soft feel from the malts that develops into a clean tasting beer, with fruity hints coming through in the aftertaste. Not one for the hop monster, but an ideal antidote to the sunny weather we have been experiencing of late.

So, if the legend 'brewed in Barnsley' has put you off trying their beers, put that prejudice aside and give them a try, see what you think.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A new sort of sparkler

Rarely does 'A Swift One' borrow articles from other beer blogs, as we prefer to be unique, but on this occasion I think the 'borrowing' is justified. Thanks to Tandleman for bringing this gadget to our attention, and no doubt creating another debate about the need or use of sparklers.

The Vari-Head is a unique beer sparkler which allows you to tailor the head on hand pulled real ale without having to remove it from the beer engine.

It fits all existing beer engines with no modification, and is made from food grade plastics and 'o' rings and stainless steel screws.

The Vari-Head also increases your Hygiene levels due to the fact that it is operated by the inside of a clean glass not a server's hand.

The only query that I have is how does this gismo actually work. The above text is from the marketing blurb and does not really explain anything. I assume from the picture that the sparkler is pushed against the side of the glass to give either a tight sparkler effect or no sparkler effect depending on the desire of the customer. It does look a little fiddly and may take time for the barperson to line up the correct form of dispense, thereby slowing service down.

However, should anyone have one of these, or seen it used I would be interested to know how successful it is. Or I may fork out a fiver and find out myself, I will let you know