Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Meeting about Oktoberfest 2017

The Blackfriar - Thursday 10th November 2016
174 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4EG
On and off over the last decade I have been going to the Oktoberfest in Munich. I have been to about 6 or 7 events but recently the festival has dropped off of the calendar (real life has been getting in the way somewhat). Anyway, my Oktoberfest buddy SH (who I have been with to all festivals so far, alongside others who come and go on occasion) suggested we meet up to get next year's (2017) event sorted out. Flights are paid for and the hotel is booked; we just wanted a natter about the new hotel we will be using and what we may get up to next time.

We met up in The Blackfriar, just outside Blackfriars station. I have been here quite a few times recently as it has a great selection of beers on at any one time and is close to where I work. This time I went though, it was just finished being redecorated. I didn't notice much of a difference so it must have been more structural than decorative work that was done; perhaps that was why there was so much scaffolding outside.

We were going to have some food when we got there, but the tables in the small restaurant section and all those bar-side were fully booked for the hour or two we were in there. We decided to head on out to another pub, which is a shame as the food in here is very nice.

Beers drunk on this visit :
1) George Gale's Seafarers Ale (3.6%) - Fullers Brewery, Chiswick, London - a golden hoppy, malty ale
2) Hop Head (3.8%) - Dark Star, Partridge Green, Sussex - a golden, full-bodied flowery ale

Ye Olde Cock Tavern
22 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AA
A quick stroll around the corner from The Backfriar and up Fleet Street saw us in Ye Olde Cock Tavern. This place is renowned for its food, especially its great pies. It was busy in here but SH and I managed to snag a table, a pint and a really nice meal before we had to head on home. 

There has been a pub of this name around Flet Street since 1547, with the latest version being built at this site in 1887. It was frequented by Pepys, Dickens and Dr. Johnson over the years, maybe because it has/had a great selection of ales (usually about 5 or 6 at any one time)? Any way, as we were a bit limited for time I chose an easy drinking session beer that went well with my steak and ale pie.

Beers drunk on this visit :
Sundancer (3.7%) - Twickenham Brewery, Twickenham, London - a golden, citrusy, hoppy ale

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