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The Mad Brewer '99

Somewhere in Darlington

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San Francisco
On the Road Again

London Town

The Brit
Number 22
Tanners Hall
Vane Terrace
Music Maker

Spring Thing
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Castle Eden
More Casks to Empty

Pause that refreshes

Northern Beauty

Whisky Madness
Dallas Dhu
Soup Factory

Real Festival

Get me to the Minster on time

Farewell to Real Ale

March 14 1999
The Music Maker

Our host, Sue, working the squeeze box.  Nice shirt.

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March 13, 1999
Number 22

A couple of hours on the train from London, and we're in Darlington.  Of course, the first stop is at the world famous "Number 22". They have 9 cask ales, and lined glasses, and a crowd to match.

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White Boar, by the "Village Brewer" is one of my favorite beers.  Refreshing, great bitter flavor, some grapefruit notes, all for a measly 1.66

The Landlord (Timothy Taylors) is light amber, suprisingly malty, well balanced, bigger than I rememer.

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March 13, 1999
The Britannia

We've all assembled at the "Brit" for a couple of more pints before bedtime.   It rules the world, you know.

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We made some other stops, but there isn't room to describe them all.


Sue and Isabella at the Brit


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Tap and Spile is still going strong, but is closing down soon for remodeling.  There were 7 Real Ales, we tried a few: Sue, Isabella, and Martin at the Brit.   Cameron Strongarm is the beer of the house.  The dark copper color is a preview to a very malty brew.  But not very filling, so we all had a couple more... darlington_brit_sue_isabella_martin.jpg (19075 bytes)
Tap and Spile Premium, 4.3%, 1.48, too malty for me, but Kim likes it

Harriestown Ptarmigan, 4.5%, 1.73, Nice bitter finish, but not overdone.

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Big Lamp Bitter, 1.37, Not bad for the cheap stuff


Filibuster and Firkin

Filibuster: 1.60, Winey aroma, mild flavor and finish.

Vane Terrace

Our B&B during the festival is on Vane Terrace, this is a shot looking toward the Art Center, but you can't see it from here.

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Clockwork Ale: Tastes like Barley and Hops Breakfast Toasted Ale, not as strong, but strong enough, and pretty interesting. Our B&B on Vane Terrace, just a short stagger from the festival. darlington_vane_terrace_2.jpg (31296 bytes)