But if my wits had been about me in friendly Bamber Bridge pub it could have been a trio
I am nothing if not slow on the uptake and so, blessed also with the peripheral vision of a cyclops, it would be fair to say quite a bit gets by me.
Thus it came to pass that a rare opportunity to try the whole cask offer of a pub – The Pear Tree in Bamber Bridge – within the space of two rounds was missed earlier this week.
For £3 three one-third pints were mine for the taking and, based on the two big pots I unwittingly had ,the experience would have been one to savour.
Spacious and spotless but relaxed all the same a first visit to this friendly Station Road pub for yours truly and, based on the food and drink brought out, I am confident it will not be my last.
Anyhow, first up before repairing to the sunlit beer garden (accessed via a sturdy covered smoking area which will be manna from heaven for we tobaccophiles come the dark months, a pint of Triple Blond from Peerless of Birkenhead.
A perfect pick-me up for the weather, this pale hoppy drop smelled sweet as cut grass on the way in and left my tongue a bitter note of farewell on its way out.
A bright thin head covered a smooth but not quite flat body and the whole was frighteningly easy to demolish.
Indeed, unless I am much mistaken at least a half of it simply evaporated.
Next up, in honour of the remarkable sunny weather we have lately enjoyed, a pint of British Summer. It proved a match made in heaven.
A great pint, my pick of the sunny season so far, hats off to the brains behind Brains, a Cardiff brewer.
Rich golden with a subtle honey and lemon tang on the nose, I could quite happily have sniffed the stuff for an hour before tucking in.
Didn’t, obviously. Managed about two seconds, and a clean but full sweet malt flavour was my reward. Slipped away like cool milk. Great beer.
It was during this sip, by the way, that the three for £3 caught my eye. Upon hearing me verbally kick myself, the barman was decent enough to pull me a drop of the special Brazilian cask which had only just missed my two pint cut.
Another peach of an ale from The Pear Tree.
Proud of your local? Tell us why we should all beat a path to its pumps. Email firstname.lastname@example.org