Cheers 78


 

There’s so much to look forward to in March with beer festivals in the diary, St Patrick’s Day approaching, Mothers’ Day, the Cheltenham Festival, the fringes of Easter, season-defining matches for our football clubs, and the introduction of new beer styles that reflect the changing season.
 
The development of our pubs is also a fascinating aspect of today’s leisure industry – the immensely pleasing micropub phenomenon that has witnessed lately The Red House in Chopwell, Gateshead, The Mean Eyed Cat in Newcastle city centre and Orb Micropub & Whisky Lounge in Darlington – three pubs that couldn’t be more different yet they’re the same with a commitment to quality and high standards that every venue needs these days to survive and thrive.
 
There’s a definite lengthening to the days and, apart from The Beast From The East – the dreadful snow and ice conditions blown in from Siberia that disrupted the last few days of February and the first couple in March – there’s an air of spring around.
At least it’ll stop people from saying “we don’t get proper winters any more”. But there’s always the likes of Sonnet 43 Raven, Wylam Jakehead IPA, Durham Temptation, Almasty Pilsner and Roosters Baby Faced Assassin to fall back on.
 

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East


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