All hail to the ale!

Taking a break between serious stories, Brockley Central brings good news for the beer lovers of SE4 - Jam Circus' Richard has emailed us word that they now have Timothy Taylor's Landlord on tap.

Though we can't claim full responsibility, after Brockley Central Drinks II took place last month, probably the sole niggle mentioned by you lot about Jam Circus was its lack of a real ale. You commented, and they listened. Hoorah!

25 comments:

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

nice.. more of a reason for me to go there now.

Graeme said...

Richard - An exceedingly fine choice, if I may say so.

Headhunter said...

Ah, Tim Taylor... Good decision... Does this mean we'll see CAMRA beardies at the Circus?

TM said...

Obvious question - how much does it retail for?

violetnights said...

Whilst I'm not an Ale/Beer/Lager drinker, I have many visiting friends who will appreciate it!

So when will the next Brockley Central drinks be happening eh eh eh? :)

Anonymous said...

Being a northerner and a born and bred Bitter drinker (it was in my bottle from the year dot) it has been a joy to see my southern mates transition from their mid 20 Stella era to now being in their 30’s and enjoying a few pints of English ale. Taylors is a fantastic choice and I shall definitely be popping in to sample a few. (Of course with a packet of pork scratchings and ensuring that the whippet is securely lashed outside and barking enthusiastically at the passers by. !)

Richard said...

tm - it's £3.00, not cheap for an ale, but not bad for Landlord (costs me a fortune!)

I chose Landlord for the simple reason it's a bloody good beer, but come summer I might consider rotating a few guest ales if people begin to tire of it.

Richard Elliot said...

Very good news. I'll be in to try a pint.

Can I suggest Hook Norton for a guest ale in the summer?

Anonymous said...

Richard thanks for the info. I'm afraid the Wickham undercuts you by 25pence for the same product.

They don't do food though...

Anonymous said...

...or ambience.

Richard said...

For those interested, Landlord has been benched, replaced by Ubu (ooo-boo).

Ubu is made by a small independent brewery called Purity Brewing Co. The beer isn't too disimilar to Landlord - amber-coloured, 4.5%, full-flavoured and tasty. Purity only use natural ingredients and take great pride in supporting the environment.

Headhunter said...

Shame - I like a good pint of Landlord, but this new one sounds good too. It has the right credentials "Purity only use natural ingredients and take great pride in supporting the environment", definitely conservation area friendly...

I'll have to head down for a taste soon. Is this giong to be a contining feature? Rolling guest bitters?

cheapskate boozer said...

environmentally friendly natural ingredients - sounds expensive.

Richard said...

Definitely coservation area friendly!

Purity have another beer called Pure Gold, which is a weaker golden ale, so I might put that on once Ubu has had a run. I'm told they have another ale on the way too, so we have a few options with that brewery alone.

Headhunter said...

Looks good. I'm all for proper ales brewed locally or at least in the UK, rather than those bog standard Fosters/Heineken/Stella types. One thing I respect Wetherspoons for having

Cheapskate boozer (again) said...

Will you be competing with the Royal George in Tanners Hill and the Brockley Barge?

OR

are we talking Honor Oak and Ladywell Tavern prices?

Headhunter said...

Hopefully the latter. High prices to keep the oiks out. Conservation area members only please...

cheapskate b said...

I've lived in the conservation area since 1986 I think that qualifies me for membership....how about you?

I last went into Jam Circus when it was the Alpha Club.

Richard said...

Cheapskate, I think maybe you should give us a chance, the Alpha Club has been gone for some time now.

We're talking Honor Oak prices and I think a major point in Brockley is that there is little competition amongst pubs - the Barge has its own clientele near the station, the Honor Oak has its clientele in Brockley Rise/Honor Oak and we have ours in Crofton Park. If anything we could all do with some healthy competition to help make each mini-high street in the area more viable.

Richard said...

PS, I think headhunter's conservation area members comment was just a little tongue in cheek, cheapskate!

CB said...

I would have thought your natural competition was the Brockley Jack these days....

Or the Ladywell Tavern.

I have been in since the days of the Alpha Club but not since you got a draught ale....

Richard said...

Yes, we probably compete with the Brockley Jack a little, but I think we mostly have a different customer base. It's nice to see a small crossover between each pub's customers, but it's not that noticeable.

I think both the Ladywell Tavern and Honor Oak would be more natural competitors, but seeing as they are both some distance away I think we each have our own catchment area.

Again, the point is we need more pubs in the area! There is definitely the demand and a little more healthy competition would help to keep people local of an evening, rather than staying in town after work, or heading to Dulwich, etc.

Headhunter said...

Yeah only joking. I'm really not that much of a snob... probably. Must admit though there are a few pubs an bars around Brockley/Crofton Park, yet somehow I always seem to be trudging right across Brockley to JC rather than going round the corner to the Wickham! I guess there may be others who might do the reverse

Anonymous said...

Have never seen the attraction in producing a beer or anything else locally - I'm drinking it, nothing else...

Tressilliana said...

We used to live round the corner from the Alpha Club and the word then was that it was a haunt of villains. Does anyone know if this was true? Never set foot in the place myself.

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