The Silver Tankard

The Silver Tankard hits San Francisco
21/03/2009, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Pub crawl

Anchor Steam Beer

It’s been a long hiatus for the Silver Tankard.

I’ve been a busy bunny, but I won’t pretend I haven’t been guzzling a few glorious pints of real ale. Many adventurers remain unchronicled, but it’s about time for a comeback, and I’m about to embark on an expedition to the foggy city, San Francisco.

It’s got many names – Baghdad by the Bay being one of them, and if anyone knows why this is the case, please indulge me – but San Francisco is a cosmopolitan utopia. So surely there’ll be a scene for some high-quality ale quaffing, right?

San Fran is home to one of my favourite foreign beers, Anchor Steam, and the world famous Anchor Brewery. So it’s going to be a great experience which I hope to chronicle in a future post. Unless I end up in the gutter of course…

**Update (25 April) Enjoyed some stonking beers in San Fran — Anchor Steam, Liberty Ale,  Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas amongst them — but I’ve not got round to writing a full review. If you’re looking for great beer in San Francisco, head to Magnolia in Haight Ashbury which brews its own ales, stouts and lagers on site. Lovely stuff! And then head to the Page for quite possibly the biggest selection of IPAs in the land. And a bloody good jukebox.


Bank Holiday ale fest
23/03/2008, 1:52 pm
Filed under: Pub crawl, Real Ale, Review, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

What better way to spend a bank holiday than guzzling quality ale in some of the Toon’s finest drinking establishments? It may have pissed it down for the best part of the day, but we weren’t too miffed…

Wor Lass accompanied me on a mission to visit as many pubs as possible, and sample some of the finest beer on offer. The rules were simple, one drink in each pub, North East ales only, and don’t order the same drink twice.

Now Wor Lass is a conscientious objector when it comes to drinking ale, but she was willing to offer her two-penneth on the beers on my list (which resulted in much condescending chuckling on my part).Me and Wor Lass (right)

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