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    Grace Scarlett
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    Hello girls ….

    Good morning from England….

    From Mon. April 12…..we are coming back to life….shops are opening, we can get a haircut!!!…..and a pint of beer.

    Grace is a real ale girl, and it’s been over a year since she has had a hand drawn pint of proper beer….

    but there’s so much more to a pub than just alcohol. They are a vital part of British community spirit and life, often the hub of a village, a meeting point. In fact some village inns have been bought out by the local community, actually owned by members of the village, just to keep them going. Some even incorporate the village shop or post office!!!

    Darts, pool, cards, football, skittles and many more pub based games are supported by the patrons, many teams pass from pub to pub to compete….it’s just a wonderful social way of life that had been decimated by the pandemic.

    Then there’s the food…some pubs are literally restaurants that serve beer….yet another way of gathering socially, that has been so badly missed.

    Working for a living is something we all do, sometime in our life, and even through this disease many of us have continued to do so…..the problem is that everything we do on our days off, the ” pressure release”, has been taken away from us. A terrible hit to our mental health…..humans are basically social animals….the majority of us need that interaction.

    Ok, it’s going to take a long time to get back to where we were, shouting ” one hundred and eighty” will probably not be heard for a while…..

    but the doors will be opening, the cobwebs dusted away, mice nests removed from pool table pockets….and our brewing industry is ticking again….

    and my local???…very small, fifty people and it would be packed solid!!…but apart from a wonderful landlord and staff…..any time I go in, there is someone I know, someone I can bore the pants off chat to, have a drink with….and socialise!!!

    once again ” dogs bollocks, old peculiar, hobgoblin and old thumper ” will be a part of British vocabulary.

    Thanks for reading this, just my rambling thoughts.

    Grace.     ❤️💐❤️

     

     

     

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      Amy Myers
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      I’m so glad that things are opening up there for you. Here in Ontario we are going into our third lockdown, complete with state of emergency declared, and a “stay at home” order. Except that there are so many exceptions to the order. A lot of stores are closed, including all the clothing stores!

      Not to mention things like pub and restaurants, which have either been closed or under restrictions for the last year.

      Amy

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Sorry to hear that Amy….sounds as scary as it has been here..

        🌈stay safe🌈.  xx

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      Leslie
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      Grace, I can’t imagine you boring the pants off anyone! I have to say that I am not a beer fan, I grew up a few blocks down wind of the largest brewery in the country and I just can’t get past the smell of the hops. But I well raise a glass of Coke to celebrate your great reopening. I can remember the days there was at least one tavern on every city block where everyone would gather. We were lucky our block as we had five. Two at each corner and since it was a long block one in the middle. Now unfortunately everything is gentrified and they are all gone.

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Leslie.

        Our town had over 50 pubs in it just after world war two…now we have about 9….

        pubs have been decimated here….

        very sad xx

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      Inga Krasivaya
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      Hi, Grace:  I’m having trouble finding anywhere that has a garden – what with us only being able to drink outside – plus I don’t own a magic phone and therefore can’t log on to the NHS Test & Trace app and so won’t be able to go for a beer even if I found somewhere! (The app, by the way, is actually run by a private company – Serco – and is under the tutelage of Typhoid Dido Harding; so far, it’s been a very, very expensive disaster.)  For the moment, I’m therefore going to be stuck with bottled beer (oh, the hardship!) and hence, while I love Hobgoblin, I wonder why you don’t mention Adnam’s Broadside; gorgeous at it’s 4.5% cask strength, but even better at it’s 6.3% bottled strength!  Apart from saying that I’m jealous if you get to go out on the 12th, all I can say is – have a pint for me!  Envious Inga.

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Inga..

        believe me….

        I’m not booked Into a pub…I’m going for a look… but I’m not standing shoulder to shoulder…..ANYWHERE…

        I have a list of probably a dozen favourite breweries….and Adnams is on it ….I love Broadside…

        Otter Dark, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Badgers Tanglefoot, Black sheep ale, Marston’s 61 Deep, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger, Robinson’s Old Tom, St. Austell H.S.D., Fuller’s London Pride and ESB……the list just goes on…and on….and on….

        Grace xx

         

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          Bridgette VonSmirff
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          Badger’s Tanglefoot… is that brewed in Badger’s Drift by any chance? I’d hate to have to check for pieces of finger in my ale!

          Bad Bridgette

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          Inga Krasivaya
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          A lot of great – and tasty – names in there:  have you ever tried Felinfoel’s Double Dragon?  Or Orkney Breweries Red McGregor?  Or… hang on… this could go on for ages… how about we just agree to go for a few pints when we’re allowed?  You’re buying……  Thirsty Inga.

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      KHeart
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      I too can’t wait for the 12th. And although I can’t wait for the pubs to open, I’m more looking forward to the clothes stores opening again. I miss looking through racks of dresses and cute tops and skirts in shops. Online shopping is fun, but I’m missing seeing everything up close before I buy.

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Hi K.

        How lovely to see you posting xx

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      Emily Violet
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      Hi Grace

      I’ll happily join you for a pint of real ale

      But in girl mode I’ll have a Margarita

      Emily

      x

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Emily…no problem….

        ” Ok, Joe….set em up, two pints of margarita…..skip the umbrellas”!!!!     😂😂

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      Alice Underwire
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      Alice…..

      Haha…loaded question or what???

      The wonderful Wychwood brewery In Witney, Oxford ( hobgoblin, dirty tackle, king goblin) are no longer brewing the dogs bollocks…but they were bringing it back for special occasions…

      Was that clean enough for you, Sammy???

      Hi Grace,

      Searched dogs bollocks and saw there is a barley wine aged in oak casks as well as a English bitter.  The barley wine could affect your dart throwing arm.

      Alice

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      Alice Underwire
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      Good Morning Grace,

      Have a wonderful visit to the local pub on the 12 th.  Let’s hope you’re walking.

      By the way I’ve enjoyed old peculiar, hobgoblin and old thumper.  Tell us about dogs bollocks,

      Prost,

      Alice

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      • #474680
        Grace Scarlett
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        Alice…..

        Haha…loaded question or what???

        The wonderful Wychwood brewery In Witney, Oxford ( hobgoblin, dirty tackle, king goblin) are no longer brewing the dogs bollocks…but they were bringing it back for special occasions…

        Was that clean enough for you, Sammy???

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      Caty Ryan
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      An Aussie has gotta get in on this one…. Luckily the days of just plain old Fosters or “VB”, (aka Victoria Bitter) are long gone and we have more micro breweries and new styles of beer than you can wave a pint pot at. I drink a bit of a pale ole named “old mate”. in memory of a 50 year plus old schoolmate who passed away about 3 years ago. I first drank it in his presence before we lost him. To bring it into CDH context, he was one of the few people who knew about C aty and was quite accepting of her

      I enjoy a beer, these days especially a (heresy… zero alcohol…)but I’m going to do the spoiler here…I’d much rather a good chilled Australian white wine in the summer or a Cabernet or Shiraz by the fire in the winter… (With the x 00 bottles in the cellar to prove it!!).

      Also with strict drink driving laws in this country, I cant under stand how pubs these days serve our beers in pints. One of those and you are over the limit.

      I nearly needed about 3 pints about 5pm last night. The old “she came home early and nearly caught me ” thing reared its ugly head..

      CAty

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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        Alice Underwire
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        Hi Caty,

        And to think a British pint is about 20 ounces.  More than a 12 ounce bottle of American craft beer.

        Alice

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          Bridgette VonSmirff
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          Friends on the American craft beer in question. There’s a Jeremiah’s Red at a place near us that’s over 10%, usually served in 16oz pints. Good stuff, compares nicely with some of the British ales I’ve had overseas. And I do so love an ale over a lager.

          Bridgette

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      Amanda Burton
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      Will be in the pub on the 12th, and raise a glass to all the girls on CDH. May we all be safe,  happy,  and achieve our individual dreams. Three special glasses of Vodka will be lined up for three beautiful friends who are part of my family in the FNC for they have made the year really special in more ways than they will ever know. To every girl on here “Bottoms up & fill yer boots” 

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      Trisha Lilly Hibbert
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      Oh my dear local, I never thought I’d miss thee. Even if you are a generic multinational. The hustle and bustle whist the sun’s out, meeting complete strangers at the bar, the clink of a pint with a friend and this one is a while off I think, the joy of latin dancing with a pretty woman, or hot guy (this part I definitely can’t wait for).

      You gals have got me wanting to try a true ale. I’ve got a feeling if I wanted a true scrumpy I’d have to visit the south. Any one know a good boozer where I can try a true pint around Manchester?

      Love Trish

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      Sarah Du Hessisse
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      Morning Grace I can’t wait for the pubs to open fully, I play league darts so its been an eternity for me. My tipple is ” Old Empire” occasionally  I have an “Abbot Ale” chaser.

      Cheer’s

      Sarah xx

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        Grace Scarlett
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        I have played darts for a few pubs…sadly never for the ladies teams though..and a pint of abbot is a nice one xx

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      Rozalyne Richards
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      Hi Grace I’ve missed going down the pub to watch the footy you can’t beat a room full of people cheering for their team,

      I’ve drunk most everything in the pubs over the years, i love a tasting ale, back in the day a lot of pubs never sold food just the odd one or two, i remember when we used to go to the night clubs and get chicken and chips in a basket x

      It’s a good job we can’t slur our writing I’m feeling kinda tipsy just writing thissssssssss xxxxx

      Hugs Rozalyne x

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      Krista
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      Hi Grace and Gals in England.

      Good Morning from NW Canada.  Glad to see that You are reopening next week.  The pent up demand will be overwhelming.  We’ve been through a cycle of reopening, closures, reopenings.  In Canada, it is the provinces that each do their own thing.  Hence, lots of inconsistencies.  Some provinces have no covid cases and some are in crisis mode. Even within our very large province of Alberta, some parts of the province have no cases, and while other parts have big numbers and still increasing.

      My community had a low number of cases for a long time but I think the people got a bit too cocky and as I’ve mentioned before, lots of rednecks here who say “I’m not wearing no stinkin’ mask”. So we’ve been on quite the increase lately, too many cases in my opinion.

      But hey, we have an authentic English neighbourhood pub, the Crown and Anchor.  Built by an English fellow named Nigel and his wife (sorry I can’t remember his last name, he past away over ten years ago) but the guy who bought it has been keeping it pretty true (although the new guy has brought in some new non-English pub food to appeal to the many Ukrainians, French and Cowboys in the community).  My wife and I go once in awhile for a pint (usually Guinness) and the fish & chips.  Next time I will try the Shepherd’s pie.

      Have fun going out to the Pub Grace.  Let us know how it turned out.  Big Hugs, Krista.

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      stephanie plumb
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      🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

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      Bridgette VonSmirff
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      We have a couple of “Pubs” here, or at least that’s what they have on the sign, but they’re not pubs! Every place I went overseas in my career, or most places, there’s a Pub somewhere in that place. The best were in Hong Kong (Bull and Bear, across from the stock exchange), and one in Rota, Spain (can’t remember the name, but it was owned by a couple, an American guy married to an English girl). This were awesome places. And the beer….I only wish I could get some of those here. Thomas Caffreys was amazing. Coors night the import rights to it and went import it anymore because it competed with Killian.

      It’s just as well there’s no real pub near me, I’d be there too much.

      B…Bridge… wait, no, I got it! Bridgette!

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      I do enjoy a pint of Speckled Hen 🖤

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      Shannon Marx
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      I think I would have gone out of my mind if I couldn’t go to the bar for a drink for a year, we were locked down good and tight for few months. Slowly things began to open. Each states still has its own rules, one being that you can’t just order drinks alone food must accompany ( how that affects the spread I have know idea) I am glad you will enjoy next time I am in one I will toast to you.🥂🍻🥃🍺

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      LisaT
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      For those across the water this is a history thread. Old Roger is a traditional ale brewed to a recipe believed to be over 500 years old by one of the oldest breweries in England,  It is served at the Royal Standard of England a hostelry/pub believed to have been serving ales for 1000 years. It’s a traditional ale house old timber construction deep in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

      There has been many an occasion when “She who must be obeyed” has driven me to the Royal Standard for an evening of Old Roger and helped me to the car afterwards barely able to walk.

      By the way the food pretty good too.

       

      hugs

       

       

      Lisa xxx

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      Diana Morgan
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      My goodness Grace – no pubs or haircuts for a year… it’s hard to believe as we have been living more or less as normal for most of the time since the lockdown last April.

      What’s first? pint(s) or hairdo?

      I’m going out tomorrow evening for a meal and drinkies with some friends so I’ll be thinking of you all hirsute lock-ins in blighty – roll on the 12th!

      Pissed as a parrot tomorrow

      Diana

       

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Diana…we did have an easing of lockdown for a while when everything opened, but not for long. While I did grab a haircut, pubs were virtually unusable….segregated, no standing at the bar, meals with a drink only….not even like proper pubs, so I just didn’t attend……

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          stephanie plumb
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          …. and that’s exactly how they will be again on the glorious 12th!

          I  managed to book a table on the 12th at one of our local pubs for a 1 hour slot mid-afternoon when the kitchen is closed.  Worst pub in the village! open sided awning (the other two have proper ones with sides and heaters.)  All other pubs booked solid until 2023.  But …. at least I will be able to neck  .. sip, a few Youngs Specials!

          🍺 Steph  ….  will have one for you …. Cheers! 🍻      and one for Amanda 🍺 , and Sammy  🍺,   and Diana  🍺 ….  …. Hick!  and LisaT …… …   and Krista …Stevie… Py .   I need to go home!

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      Regine Rich
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      Oh how I envy you, girl.
      We had a vacation in Ireland years ago, and visited pubs all over the island, Just loved the atmosphere, and oh my, the Guinness!!! my pick every day of the week,
      We dont have that special gathering place here, and it is such a shame.
      Hugs, Regi👩💕

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      Eva Kelly
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      Hi Grace,

      If I was over there, I’d love to join you at the pub for a pint and some fish & chips.

      Eva

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      LisaT
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      Grace

      You tease

       

      you know Nippy is keeping us locked down in Scotland and our bars and shops will probably go broke while the whole of the south and central belt emigrate to Newcastle every Friday night.

      For us in the highlands we will soon be returning to the old ways with illicit stills being set up in remote glens and the locals gathering around a small fire late at night in the gloaming.

      I’m not sure why but with such a tasty list of ales I felt that you missed Old Roger. A fabulous strong ale that at least one country pub I know changed to serving only in half pints owing to the number of cars damaged driving home from the pub. It also gives the chance to say how much we miss a good old Roger during the long social isolation of lockdown. (Sigh)!

       

      hugs

       

       

      Lisa xxx

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        stephanie plumb
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        The best beer in England ……  Fullers ESB …..  or London Pride …. proper 1420 stuff  (borrowed from The Lord of The Rings) ……………………   or at least it was until the Japanese bought the brewery and changed the recipe!   😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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          Grace Scarlett
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          Once a brewery is swallowed up by a multi national….the outcome is usually very predictable….London Pride was a wonderful pint….

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          LisaT
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          Love Fullers ESB and I used to drink it a lot at uni. It always gave me a headache. Not a hangover but a headache after about four pints. I met a director of Fullers once and said this to him and he replied it was a common effect caused by a natural chemical in the beer.  Fullers had tried to eliminate it but it wasn’t possible without fundamentally changing the character of the beer.

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          Paula F
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          Stephanie, that sounds as reprehensible as when the Budweiser company bought out Lowenbrau U.S.  They waited a few months, quit making the dark beer, then a few months later, quit making it all together.  I would have dehydrated if not for Carlsberg and Heiniken sticking to their guns.

          PaulaF

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        Grace Scarlett
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        Lisa…

        You actually said the old roger line…brilliant 😂😂

        I could have listed dozens of beers and missed a favourite…

        I’ve had old roger…oooeerr….the beer, the beer!!!

        hordes of Scots crossing the border…mmmm

         

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      Grace Scarlett
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      Is that cheating???….

      Ok, probably not 🤣🤣

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      Grace Scarlett
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      National Beer Day!!!!….

      What an amazing world we live in !!!!

      Cheers xx

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      Grace Scarlett
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      Thank you Laura….cheers x

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