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Diary – Wednesday 28th January 2015

Dull as the proverbial dishwater up to the evening when I went on a Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre bar crawl, despite wind, hail, rain, and later, snow.

I caught a bus to the first sanctuary from the elements, The Angel Inn, in Collyhurst, just outside the city centre. Fine ale, a loud arrogant customer, and a very poor Wi-Fi connection too. I hate Wi-Fi passwords that read like this (not the actual one in the pub) 765i63o274 – Letters that might be numbers – vagueness about capitalization, etc.

The pub has a real fire too, and a rucked carpet capable of tripping an unwary customer into the flames.

My first choice of beer was a mistake as I never noticed it was a 7.3% strong ale – not the best to start a pub crawl with when you have had no food – prices for meals in The Angel are high.

The beer, Beowulf’s Killer Stout was potent, with a cracking aftertaste. I followed it with a more modest Finnis Hall Porter at 4.7% which was smoky, traditional and tremendous.

Our second port of call was one of my favourite bars, Bar Fringe, where I supped Backyard Brewery’s Rob’s Revenge, a 4.6% ale, copper coloured and liberally laced with whiskey.

At The Castle Inn I had my lightest beer of the night, Titanic’s 3.9% Steerage, a light bitter tasting refreshment.

In Pie & Ale I had Rednick’s Stout, a very smoky brew that was a 4.1% and tasted much stronger.

The last pub, which we walked to as the snow started to fall and stick, was Soup Kitchen where my final beer delight was the Welsh Cwyn brewery Lal, a 4.5% bitter that was excellent and quite traditional.

I got a quick kebab supper and the last bus home. Another grand night out.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Pub sign for The Angel, Collyhurst, taken by me

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Koalemos wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:04 AM

I had to smile when I read the part about alphanumeric passwords. It can be annoying at times because if you choose a number instead of a letter or the other way around it will not work.

maxeen wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:27 AM

A jolly good night was had by all. I just took my dogs out and then had a small red wine-good old Collyhurst,I am scared of those wifi places ,never have my specs anyway.

NorthernLight wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:34 AM

That sounds like a good night out, except for the kebab. I'd have gone for the fish n chips!

UK_Writer wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:46 AM

Five pints in one night is a helluva session. I'd not get to that point and still be alive. I'd certainly not be able to eat a kebab or even know what a bus was to catch it home!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 29, 2015, 10:15 AM

Sounds like a fun night out. Glad you got the password figured out. I would have probably stayed there for the fire

MelissaE wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:50 AM

"Beowulf's Killer Stout"...could name it "Grendel."

arthurchappell wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:35 PM

lol - I do love reading Beowolf - really hated the Ray Winstone movie take on it as it had nothing to do with the actual story - the beer was great though

BodieMor wrote on January 31, 2015, 1:23 AM

That was some busily imbibing night!