We’re actually setting foot in the north country for a family funeral, the deceased being Mrs PBT’s Aunty Kathleen. She was a lovely, quietly-spoken lady who passed peacefully away a couple of weeks ago; just two months shy of her 100th birthday. There must be something in the air up in “them thar hills,” as she always looked hale and hearty, so in an attempt to find that secret of eternal youth, we’ll be spending a few days in the area between Bingley and Keighley.
It’s been five years since we were last up that way, and despite the sadness that surrounds a funeral, it will be good to catch up with the northern branch of Eileen’s family. I’ve drawn the short straw with the driving again, despite Matthew having acquired a new car. I don’t tend to do that many long-distance road trips these days, the last one having been a short holiday to Barry Island, last September. Instead, I much prefer travelling by train, but that’s not really practical for a stay that will necessitate having the flexibility that only a privately-owned car can bring.A spokesperson for the brewery said: "This marks the next chapter in the history of Black Sheep as we look to grow the business in a sustainable way. Our team will continue to produce great beers from our landmark brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire and we also look forward to welcoming customers and tourists to all our retail sites.”
The other good news story concerns major brewer and pub owner, Greene King, as this summer the company will be the first major cask brewer to offer its beers in 4.5-gallon casks, or pins. With the pub sector still feeling the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, and consumers making fewer visits to their local pub, GK believe that the introduction of pins will have a tangible effect on the cask ale market. Containing just 36 pints, half the size of the industry standard 9-gallon casks, pins will ensure a faster turnover of each cask, thereby enabling licensees to deliver a range of fresh cask beer to customers, whilst at the same time minimising wastage.
It involves sorting out both our shed and our summerhouse, and is one of those long-overdue, “must-do” tasks. Fortunately, it’s nearing completion, but it did involve a bit of time-consuming, construction and repair work. That, gentle reader is the main reason why posts haven’t been as frequent as they might otherwise have been, but there is something virtuous in ticking this particular task off from my extensive list of jobs.