Pandemic vs the British Pub

barryd

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A Saturday night out in Stornoway before the Sunday curfew could get a bit hectic!

Last time I was in Stornoway on a boys trip I remember a bloke pissed as a fart staggering about with a toilet seat around his neck.

I can also remember finding out about the Sunday curfew on North Uist. We had ran out of drink and it was a Sunday morning. We didnt realise everywhere would be shut but someone told us of a coop that was open for an hour about 15 miles away so we hurtled across the island as fast as the VW camper would carry us which lets face it, is not very fast and sure enough there was a massive queue waiting to get in. When they opened the doors, everyone piled to the drinks isle and pretty much emptied it!

Strange people. A few days later we turfed up at some derelict looking pub in the middle of a peat bog and all the locals came out to greet us. They wouldnt let us leave until we had played them at every possible pub game you could imagine. We were too pissed to leave anyway by then so just cracked on.
 

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We live 5 mins walk away from our village (have escaped from Fleetwood LOL !!) where there are several pubs and a micro pub selling real ale....err...when open obviously !! In the meantime there's a "micro pub brewhouse" bar thingy 10 mins drive away that does this "beer in a box" which works out at £2 a pint. All very well for real ale but it's not the same unless it's pulled through a hand pump I hear you say !! Apparently you can buy a connector for the tap on the box which you then attach to a hand pump with some beer line tube and away you go !! This brewhouse even offers to rent you a hand pump !! So, thought I'd look into buying one maybe....there's a firm in Keithley that sells the whole set up, pump..tube..connector.....but it's £140 or so !!! Looked on ebay, but not sure I fancied a manky old pump that's festered in a closed pub for months so gave up the idea for now. Anyone else thought of these drastic measures to get a pint of hand pulled real ale in your own shed LOL 😂?????? Mark
 

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We live 5 mins walk away from our village (have escaped from Fleetwood LOL !!) where there are several pubs and a micro pub selling real ale....err...when open obviously !! In the meantime there's a "micro pub brewhouse" bar thingy 10 mins drive away that does this "beer in a box" which works out at £2 a pint. All very well for real ale but it's not the same unless it's pulled through a hand pump I hear you say !! Apparently you can buy a connector for the tap on the box which you then attach to a hand pump with some beer line tube and away you go !! This brewhouse even offers to rent you a hand pump !! So, thought I'd look into buying one maybe....there's a firm in Keithley that sells the whole set up, pump..tube..connector.....but it's £140 or so !!! Looked on ebay, but not sure I fancied a manky old pump that's festered in a closed pub for months so gave up the idea for now. Anyone else thought of these drastic measures to get a pint of hand pulled real ale in your own shed LOL 😂?????? Mark

These are supposed to be really good. My pal has one and swears by it for Draught Stella. I wanted one as you can get Leffe Rituel kegs for it but as no longer hardly ever drink beer it would be a waste really. Shame as I really love Leffe. You cant buy Rituel in bottles here though apart from over priced specialists dealers.

 

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We live 5 mins walk away from our village (have escaped from Fleetwood LOL !!) where there are several pubs and a micro pub selling real ale....err...when open obviously !! In the meantime there's a "micro pub brewhouse" bar thingy 10 mins drive away that does this "beer in a box" which works out at £2 a pint. All very well for real ale but it's not the same unless it's pulled through a hand pump I hear you say !! Apparently you can buy a connector for the tap on the box which you then attach to a hand pump with some beer line tube and away you go !! This brewhouse even offers to rent you a hand pump !! So, thought I'd look into buying one maybe....there's a firm in Keithley that sells the whole set up, pump..tube..connector.....but it's £140 or so !!! Looked on ebay, but not sure I fancied a manky old pump that's festered in a closed pub for months so gave up the idea for now. Anyone else thought of these drastic measures to get a pint of hand pulled real ale in your own shed LOL 😂?????? Mark

Hi Mark good to hear from you.

I bought 24 cans of Guinness for £20 from Aldi today, at that price I might get more tomorrow. I don't usually like beer from a can but the widget cans seem ok.
 

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These are supposed to be really good. My pal has one and swears by it for Draught Stella. I wanted one as you can get Leffe Rituel kegs for it but as no longer hardly ever drink beer it would be a waste really. Shame as I really love Leffe. You cant buy Rituel in bottles here though apart from over priced specialists dealers.


I've looked at those Barry and probably will get one. But my main set up will be proper pumps connected to Cornelius kegs like the ones Sam @Scotia uses.
 

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I've looked at those Barry and probably will get one. But my main set up will be proper pumps connected to Cornelius kegs like the ones Sam @Scotia uses.
These units which are also good for a carry oot.😀
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These are supposed to be really good. My pal has one and swears by it for Draught Stella. I wanted one as you can get Leffe Rituel kegs for it but as no longer hardly ever drink beer it would be a waste really. Shame as I really love Leffe. You cant buy Rituel in bottles here though apart from over priced specialists dealers.


I've been half trying to buy one of these sort of thing for a while now, sold out everywhere though. I quite liked this one too:

Shop BLADE | BLADE draught dispenser and bundles | Beerwulf
 

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I'll just stick with the beer engine I bought from a local publican for £10
And a 72 pinter from one of my local real ale brewers... @ £80

Even comes away in the landrover at times.

As long as you get through it reasonably quick (never an issue here ;-))
It's a great way of drinking....
Though I've been perfectly happy with a tap straight into the barrel in the past...

Obviously no good IF you like fizzy stuff lol

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I'll just stick with the beer engine I bought from a local publican for £10
And a 72 pinter from one of my local real ale brewers... @ £80

Even comes away in the landrover at times.

As long as you get through it reasonably quick (never an issue here ;-))
It's a great way of drinking....
Though I've been perfectly happy with a tap straight into the barrel in the past...

Obviously no good IF you like fizzy stuff lol

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I have an almost identical beer engine donated by a local landlord for the good stuff.
 

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Man fridge, only problem with a pin or Firkin is you have three days to drink fresh beer. I always went that way but hate waste, it's not a good example on the third day when the kids are returning from school and your on your fifth pint making the tea.🤔😂 with the corney keg just a light carbonation its a braw pint and keeps a lot longer.
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Wow, thanks for the response, Hi Rob and anyone that remembers me !! The "Philips beerhawk" jobbie seems very expensive so won't be going there LOL !! The "Beerwolf" system equally expensive....neither having the option of hand pulling yer own choice of ale !! So, still fancy building my own setup if I can acquire a hand pump...don't know any pub landlords these days though !!! On the Firkin 72 pints front, isn't there a half firkin these days...if not the connector to the "beer in box" will do (10 or 20 pints I believe)...more choice/less waste !! Mark
 

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Half firkin is a pin, you will pick up a beer engine from fleabay, ill look up or google beer engine there is a crowd who sell refurbished units. The bag in box which Hexham brewery use are good and its a John guest 90 deg push fit think 10mm. Approach your local brewery even if you pay a deposit and purchase a pin o beer from them. If you are regular im sure you will get at a reduced price.
 

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Half firkin is a pin, you will pick up a beer engine from fleabay, ill look up or google beer engine there is a crowd who sell refurbished units. The bag in box which Hexham brewery use are good and its a John guest 90 deg push fit think 10mm. Approach your local brewery even if you pay a deposit and purchase a pin o beer from them. If you are regular im sure you will get at a reduced price.
Cheers Scotia....thought that about the "pin" thanks....and for the other help !! M
 

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