A big thank you to all the members who have renewed their membership for 2017 – the total is now 75; so that leaves about 20 of you still out there with no current membership. Dennis will be checking when he gives out the 50p vouchers next time – so see Bob Newton and “give us yer money!”
The AGM was held at the Lyndon House Hotel on Monday 13th February, and was fairly well attended. Austin Morgan was guest speaker and gave an enlightening talk on the Backyard Brewery, and kindly donated a mini keg of beer to the raffle. Phil Hawley has resigned and been replaced with Trevor White, our new webmaster. You will shortly see that our web pages will be changing a bit to reflect the changing times -
Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group -
Walsall Prostate Cancer Group -
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A heartfelt thank you to Ken Towe for lending us the ‘Conservatory Room’ in the Lyndon House Hotel, and for the delicious buffet. Also thank you to all the people who donated prizes for the raffle which raised £59
A trip to Hydes Brewery has been organised for Saturday 6th May, and many seats were booked at the AGM but I am told there are about 4 left. A popular venue with all our members, we hope to take a full coach for a great day out ending with a special pub on the way home.
Backyard Brewery continue to open their ‘brewery tap’ on Fridays 12.30 till 5.30pm, and are selling a new beer for Valentines called ‘Lovebirds’. There might be some of their ‘Burns Night’ beer left called No.3 Scotch Ale 5% -
Beowulf has won awards at the CAMRA West Mids Presentation, Bartons Arms, in December for Dark Raven and Dragonsmoke Stout. Phil is brewing a special for the Walsall Festival called ‘Clout’.
AJ’s is having another ‘open day’ at the brewery in Long Acre St. on the 18th March 12 noon till about 5pm. Bottles and mini kegs will be available for purchase, and a range of cask beers on draught. Andy is brewing a special 4.8% bitter for the festival.
Highgate Brewery: as far as we know, the brewery did not sell at the auction in December but a SOLD sign has gone up outside the brewery gates. One might suppose that a deal has been done with a private bidder, but we watch and wait. Speculation exists about the ‘Brewery Stores’ in Walsall High St. because it is believed that it may have been sold ‘on the quiet’ to people in the pub trade but again, it’s all very hush hush.
Key Kegs: for your general information, key kegs are alternative containers for beer favoured by so-
on the ‘bag in a box’ principle; whereby the beer is contained in a foil bag inside a hard plastic case which can be shaped like a cylinder or a sphere. Air is fed into the sphere, thus squeezing the beer out of the ‘bag’ through the outlet/dispensing tube – so that no oxygen can get to the remaining beer. It is estimated that this method can extend shelf life of beer to 2-
Diary dates: 9th-
13th March – FoHb Social, Black Country Arms, Walsall.
25th March – CAMRA trip to ‘Red Willow Brewery’ Macclesfield.
10th April – FoHB Social, ‘The Fountain’, Lower Forster St. Walsall.
6th May – Hydes Trip.
And Finally: Aynuk is walking home with a bottle of beer in one hand and a loaf in the other, when he meets the Vicar. The vicar says,”Aynuk, I see you hold the staff of life in your hand.” “Arr.” says Aynuk, “An a loaf o’ bread fur me pidgeons.”