Cheers 55

Is it me or are the early evenings darker this year? Am I the only one who thinks the fallen leaves appear more orange and yellow than in previous years? What does this mean? A bad winter, or a stroll in the park until spring?

We’ll just have to wait and see and take whatever comes on the chin. Mind, you, it’s tempting to take one look out of the window and decide to not bother with the pub quiz tonight and opt instead for Holby City. Well, shake yourself out of that miserable option and head for where great beer, good crack and warm welcomes are waiting to greet you.

And, waiting to greet you in this bumper issue of Cheers are Oz Clarke, wine guru who simply loves Newcastle; James Bond, who likes his vodka martini served in a particular fashion but we can never remember how… plus we’ve been catching up with Lindisfarne ahead of the band’s legendary Christmas concerts at Newcastle City Hall; mountaineer Alan Hinkes, a man who knows the highs and lows of North East pubs and beer, and we examine one of the city’s hidden – literally hidden – gems.

There’s so much going on in our pubs and microbreweries at the moment and that was emphasised by the recent Craft Beer Calling festival where dozens of highly-regarded brewers sent beer from all over the region, the nation, and the world. Some of them even came in person – and were hugely impressed by what they experienced.

We should think ourselves lucky, so close the front door firmly as you step out of the house on your way to the pub. You know it makes sense. Cheers!

Alastair Gilmour,
Editor, Cheers North East

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