Pub ticking is a costly business. I am reliably informed that “Ow much?” are the first words spoken by an infant Yorkshireman.
The cost of the beer is only the start. There’s the fleet of drivers, paramedics, administrators, researchers and photographers that don’t pay for themselves.
It’s not just the Good Beer Guide pubs either. The professionals in our ranks chase pubs that have opened too recently for inclusion in the forthcoming 2020 edition. A trip to South Wales was rewarding in this respect, aided by the very informative branch magazine. I may, of course, be breaking the 2021 CAMRA embargo.
First up Cardiff’s Radyr Tap.
A lovely Korean barman, some zinging ales from the likes of 4Ts brewery and bonus cinema seats.
It was a Bank Holiday weekend, though not in Scotland where the banks have closed most of their branches anyway, just before they charge us for using cash machines to take our own money out. Cardiff was buzzing as usual, with the Pride march earlier in the day boosting trade in several of those we visited.
Nearer the city centre Cathays Beer House is in a small former post office.
Two local cask beers were on plus a range of craft keg and some unusual bar snacks. Note My Brittle Pony.
Into the valleys and up in Aberdare Greytrees Brewery have opened a Tap with five of their own on cask, including the beer of the trip, the magnificent 5.4% Afghan Pale. Plenty of keg guests too with the beery delights turning over briskly.
You need to keep your wits about you in South Wales.
No reason needed to include a picture of Newport’s engineeeing masterpiece, the Transporter Bridge. After a period of closure it is now run by volunteers and operates at weekends.
Maybe I will open a micropub in Wales and call it The Pigeon Tap.
Hold tight. The new Good Beer Guide is launched next week.