Friday 12th November saw the publication of the Good Beer Guide 2022. This year as a result of COVID19 the usual large North East regional launch event didn’t take place. Instead we decided to do something more low key at branch level.
We were able to provide 22 entries from our branch area into this year’s guide & it would have been nice but very difficult to visit them all on launch date. Instead we decided to concentrate on the new entries. This year there were two new first time entries both independent micro pubs & this was the first year either had qualified for our GBG consideration.
A small group of branch members met up at the first venue Blues Micro Pub in Whitburn Village to try the excellent cask beers & meet up with owners Callum Watson & Alice Pye for a chat, to introduce ourselves & to congratulate them on what they have created.
We then took a short bus ride to the second new entry The Lighthouse in Fullwell, Sunderland to catch up with owner Sean Turnbull. Sean may be relatively new to owning a micro pub but he is well known to our branch as the former drayman for local brewery Maxim. Again the opportunity was taken for a few pints of the excellent quality cask ale & to also congratulate Sean for his creation.