It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, so, my apologies for that.
It’s been a busy few weeks, but don’t worry, I’ve not gone teetotal.
I’ve actually been getting a beer pump installed in my kitchen and now the search is on for beer to hook up to it.
The project’s been a long time coming and has, up until this point, been fairly simple, if somewhat drawn out.
It was back in November that Phil Whitfield of Black Paw Brewery helped me get my hands on the pump and it was then a case of finding a way of fitting it.
Mrs PDP decided to take it upon herself to shabby chic me a bar, of sorts.
We acquired an old TV cabinet from a charity shop (all of £5) and, with her temporarily incapacitated, but not unable to give instruction, I was set to on the conversion.
Having sanded elements for painting, and for the conversion of the inside of the doors into a backboard, I cut the space in the top to fit the pump.
The base has been covered in bar mats and laminated, and we even have a nice light-up arrow and a bar stool.
All we need now is the beer.
Sadly, my efforts to track Phil down, so that I can thank him by making one of Black Paw’s beers the first to grace the bar, have failed.
Looking elsewhere, it’s a case of finding the right sized box or cask to hook up. As much as I love beer, there are only two of us in the house, so an 18-pint box is ideal.
Looking on some local brewers’ sites, they’re selling in nine gallon casks. That’s 72 pints.
I lost this morning after far fewer than that.
So, if any brewers or retailers out there have any great ideas or even have some product for me, please do drop me a line. The bar is open…only it’s very much bottles for now.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more