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Summer Newsletter 2017

The next FoHB Social will be held at the Lyndon House Hotel, Walsall, on the 12th June, starting at 7.30pm as usual. It’s a late change brought about by beer issues at the former venue, the Wheatsheaf, which has a new manager installed and little else. Dennis will have the 50p vouchers to give out –we will have a table top quiz and a raffle – so if you think of anyone who might want to join in bring them along.

The trip to Hydes Brewery went very well. The on board raffle raised £107, and we donated £320 to
Manchester Children’s Hospital. This was our 17th visit so far and it never seems to pall. Hydes are going from strength to strength, with profits hitting the £2.8 million mark, and the pub estate expanding by another 4. They brewed 54 different beers last year, but are finding that the market is getting very competitive with all the micro brewers starting up. It was very competitive at the bar too, with some great beers on tap; Hydes ‘Original’, ‘Lowry’ (citra & Chinook hops), ‘Championees 4.2% (cascade hops), ‘Bramling Craft’ 3.9% ( bramling cross hop),and from the Beer Studio range an American style called ‘Cream Ale’ 5.0%, made with flaked maize and corn syrup, lightly hopped – a light beer not to be taken lightly. Finally, and some said ‘the star of the show’; a ‘Big Bog’ beer from Paul’s own micro-brewery in Liverpool, ‘Old Bog Porter’ 4.9%, made from an old Whitbread recipe – with shredded liquorice root and brown malt, an earthy flavoured throat charmer. Big thanks to members David and Mary who pitched in behind the bar, and not forgetting the other bar-keep Stan (43 years at Hydes). We stopped at the ‘Holy Inadequate’ pub in Etruria on the way home to try their 6 changing beers and legendary pork pies, and were not disappointed.

We had a reasonable turnout for the social at The Fountain in Lower Forster St.; the beers were all on top form, and the buffet was very welcome (the pork pie was excellent). This pub is Walsall CAMRA Pub of the Year and owned by the brewery we are pledged to support, so it was a shame we didn’t get more members there, but we still managed a table top quiz ‘just for fun’. Make a note to go there soon and sample the beers as John and Scarlett always present a good choice. The social at the Bartons Arms in Newtown fared little better but we still had a quiz and raffle. The quiz was on ‘TV cartoons’ and was won by Jane Stuart, and the raffle raised £30.

Kim Langford of the Black Country Arms (member no. 233) has applied for “change of use” to convert a shop in George St. into a micro pub. It will be in the ‘new build’ near the entrance to ASDA.

Those members with a Railway bent may wish to get over to Bridgnorth this Bank Holiday weekend, 27th-29th May, to sample the 20 pubs which are taking part in the Bridgnorth Beer Festival. Maps can be obtained from S.V.R. stations and Bridgnorth pubs – beer and trains, what’s not to like ?

Brewery News:  The Highgate Brewery site in Sandymount Rd. did not sell in the auction last December, and the ‘SOLD’ sign which appeared outside the brewery is a mystery as no one is claiming to have bought the place. The latest edition of ‘The Brewery History Society’ newsletter contains a piece about Highgate, and it ends with their fears of arson, citing the other mysterious blazes we have had in Walsall.  

Summer 2017 continued …