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viewsfromthebar
Feb 28, 2021
I'll start the ball rolling. What is your first name and the town where you live? Mark and Wakefield. Grew up in the north-west and return regularly. Have lived in North Yorks for 12 years prior to the recent move and worked in Leeds for 6 years. North and West Yorks is my UK beer niche. What is your favourite UK brewery? Burning Sky. They're superb at every style, plus I'm a huge fan of spontaneous and mixed fermentation and these guys are masters of that art. What is your beer geek rating? 9 - like to know what's going on, understand things, keep up to date. Have fun networking with beer fans. It has become borderline obsessive. What is your favourite beer festival? IMBC (the venue, the vibe, the beers, the annual Full fat crowd!) Love Leeds International (fun volunteering, easy to meet brewers), Beertown (smaller scale, big heart and love). What is your beer exploration rating? (from 'I like what I like and have the same' to 'Always looking for something new') 10, though I always return to my roots and continue to sample the old and new classics. What is your favourite high street, or online, beer shop? The House of Trembling Madness (superb in every way). What is your beer community activity rating? (from passive drinker (1) to active participant (10)) 8 - I've been more active before but am aiming to up the ante via this site, returning to training for my beer badges and more besides. What is your favourite country for beer? Belgium. Love the beer scene there. Lambic is #1. What is your beer allegiances rating? (from steadfastly traditional (1) to hyperactive craft beer hound on perpetual FOMO mode! (10)) 8 - I honour the past, still love sampling the likes of Old Pec and Fuller's ESB, visiting traditional, historical pubs, however, I'm all for modern bars and enjoying from the full palate of world beers. Left behind most of my FOMO tendencies a few years ago and now far more chilled about new releases. What is your favourite bar anywhere? The Oud Arsenaal, Antwerp - a beautiful single room Flanderan brown cafe. Foeders in Amsterdam is also stunning (old and new Belgian and Dutch, super friendly vibe), In De Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, Eizeringen, just outside Brussels is lambic heaven. For the UK, The House of Trembling Madness in York (again) and Bunbury's in Bolton (community spirited, typical Bolton friendliness and bants, smallish range yet punches well above its weight). And finally ... what is your oddest beer related story? It's the gig soundcheck 'lock-in' at the Grote Markt in Tienen, 2016. The square was open to the public until 16:00 when security cleared the area in preparation for the concert later on. All entry was to be barred from that point on and any crowd held back behind the 3 gates leading into the centre. We'd arrived early to settle in before the concert later and enjoyed being able to wander freely but the impending closure of access to most of the bars was distressing. A canny bar owner noticed our plight, well we didn't want to stand in a queue for hours, so he invited us into his bar on the outside of the square. As it was on private land, no security could turf anyone off his property. We sat and drank Chouffe, Corne and Orval whiling away the time with a couple of British lads. Around 16:45, the PA woke up to some magical guitar-work. Holy shit, no way! Really? Yup, with Belgian beer in hand, we were there to watch David Gilmour run through a soundcheck. We even found time to buy T-shirts and other momentos from the merch stand before the gates opened. Mental!
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