Scorer of the Quarter

WhatPub Scorer of the Quarter

In May 2018 we announced that we will feature the local CAMRA member who has submitted the biggest spread of pub and beer scores during the previous quarter on the branch website.

The Scorer of the Quarter (Sep, Oct, Nov) is.........Alan Gass

I didn`t set out to gain this distinction but as an ageing rambler, my group of friends and I regularly end up in real ale pubs, within our area, the Lake District or beyond. Putting a score in using WhatPub is easy. The trick is remembering to actually do it.

Real Ale and me As a lad in Dumfries, many moons ago, I was wont to enjoy a pint of Harp in the wee darts room downstairs in the Ship or a weekend lager and lime in the long bar in the County Hotel. I don`t quite know where my epiphany occurred but in the same establishments, the wee front bar this time in the County, I discovered the glories of real ale and have been hooked ever since.

How do I score? I am fairly conservative with my scoring and tend to give 2.5 out of 5 for beer that is alright, 3 for a good pint and 3.5 for one that makes me immediately want to stay and have another. I recently have given a couple of 4`s and the memories of the time, the place and the beers are vivid.

Favourite Beers I am happy with a wide range of types of beer, only turning up my nose at those that are excessively fruity or those with a tinny metallic over taste. To name but three, widely differing, favourites, I like Swannay`s Orkney IPA, Theakston`s Old Peculiar and Titanic Plum Porter. For these superb ales I can recall the times and places of my most recent enjoyable experiences.

Cheers, and please keep on putting your scores in whatpub.com!

The Scorer of the Quarter (Jun, Jul, Aug) was.........David Charnock

Hello, my name is David and let’s just say, I’m over 60. I moved to Dumfries and Galloway some 29 years ago (one of my better decisions) and since retiring (another good decision) I now occupy my time with the garden, woodworking and of course, real ale. I consider myself very lucky because the Laurie Arms, Haugh of Urr is my local, and therefore one of my three main interests is well catered for. Using travel around the UK as an excuse for a beer hunt is something I have always done, and having the Good Beer Guide downloaded onto my iPad has made this so much easier. I was recently asked which was my favourite beer, and to be honest I couldn’t narrow it down, it all depends on my mood, the weather and where I am. Fyne Ales Avalanche, Titanic Brewery’s Chocolate and Vanilla Stout and Ayr Brewing’s Fair Jenny’s Jig are all up there but there are others, some of which I just haven’t found yet