Having sampled several on the bar, I was in need of something with bite. By now the gang were all gravitating towards the Haka-particularly impressive for the WHB who had been warming up on Holts. Well he isn’t called the Whitefield Holts Bandit for nothing. I found Titanic Golden Age (4.6%) struck the right balance for me, combining body and taste and much more moreish than the Haka. All too soon, it was goodbye from them. Oh what to do? Too early to call it a day, too late to go home, get changed and hit the town. So it was I accepted the “B” team’s offer of a drink at the Hare & Hounds. Here I really enjoyed the Hawkshead Lakeland Gold (4.4%) nice and fruity, and their Brodie’s Prime (4.9%) which was dark and rich in flavour.
Back in Bury, I couldn’t resist calling in at the Peel. Having rubbished their beer choice, I settled for a double Laiphroaig. Well, two actually. Then it was just time for a biriyani before bedtime beckoned.