It confused me how people can have great taste in bars but then they try something you can get in most places.
As I tap these observations into my phone, I'm in Bacchus, on Newcastle's High Bridge, sipping at a half of Stay Puft, by Tiny Rebel. A marshmallow porter, rocking in at a steady 5.2%, it's unusual but very enjoyable. But that's the main reason I drop in here when the opportunity arises.
To my right, a guy is nursing a Peroni while the lady he's with has a glass of wine. Al Murray fans will all be screaming "a glass of wine for the lady" in their heads right now.
Another guy has just popped up and bought a Peroni, too.
It reminds me of a day trip to beautiful York with my mother and then girlfriend. They headed straight for M&S when you can do that in pretty much most reasonably sized towns. York is somewhere you can go and find something different.
On this side of the bar alone, the taps have three beers I've never tried and three I have, Stay Puft excluded. They also have a couple of lagers.
In the fridge are something like 30-plus beers.
The boards tell me much more is on offer.
I wonder where people's sense of adventure has gone. Do their tastebuds not crave for something new?
I always assumed that craving was human nature. Yes, there is comfort in familiarity but if you can't explore new experiences in the things you eat and drink, what is the point of tastebuds?
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I’m 42, I don’t 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