Yeovil ’til I Die

As a fan of a lower league club, you don’t get many opportunities to see your side up against the best of the best. Friday 26th January was an exception as my team, Yeovil Town played host to Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Being exiled in London, there was no chance I’d be able to get back home to watch the game, but fortunately the BBC had picked it up for live coverage. That could mean only one thing. Pub.

I met my friends Murray and Shea at The Temperance by Putney Bridge and settled down in front of the widescreen with my first beer of the week. Unfortunately, The Temperance was severely lacking in cider which is what I was after on a proud Somerset night.

Pint No. 20

What? – Meantime, London Pale Ale

Where? – The Temperence, Putney Bridge

When? – Friday 26th January 2018

Instead of that I went with a pint of Meantime’s London Pale Ale. It was slightly less than a pint after I clumsily dampened the table with a couple of cm of the stuff. Fortunately there was a dessert menu at hand to soak up the spillage. Despite the fairly cunty description on the website, it’s a middle of the road pint without many positives or negatives. A safe pair of hands for any occasion, you could probably drain 2 or 3 and not really notice that you’d done it and at 4.3% it’s just within the boundaries of session.

Overall Score: 2/5

 

Pint No. 21

What? – Strongbow

Where? – The Temperence, Putney Bridge

When? – Friday 26th January 2018

You’re going to have to take my word for this one. I couldn’t be fucked to take a photo of a pint of Bow in an unbranded glass. Bow is Bow at the end of the day. It’s not great, but you know what you’re getting yourself into. The start of the pint was enhanced by the fact that I was just glad it wasn’t whatever awful shot I’d just consumed. Murray had asked for a shot of “something green” (green being the colour of Yeovil) and I can only assume what was served came straight out of the cleaner’s cupboard. After the initial gratitude of liquid that didn’t taste like Mr Sheen’s sweat band, I was then annoyed at having a pint of Bow to get through.

Overall Score: 1.5/5

 

Pint No. 22

What? – Hawkes, Urban Orchard

Where? – The Temperence, Putney Bridge

When? – Friday 26th January 2018

in an attempt to claw back some credibility as a man of the South West, I went with a less n00by cider and tried Urban Orchard. This was my first taste of the cider by Hawkes in London. It will also be my last taste of the cider by Hawkes in London. I was not enamoured with it at all. They proudly announce that they’ve won International Cider Challenge Gold for Urban Orchard, it was however in the Design & packaging category. I’ve tried more than my fair-share of ciders, and this definitely falls into the lower tier. Murray couldn’t even be bothered to finish his. To add insult to injury, it was half time in the football and Yeovil had gone 1-0 down thanks to some suspect defending.

Overall Score: 1/5

Murray and Shea hadn’t eaten so at half time went down to the bar to order food. They’d shut the kitchen though, so we hot-footed it to The Kings Arms, which is right across the road, in search of grub. Knowing the football was on in here too, the only gamble was on the kitchen but thankfully it was open still. Also, the tap selection was much more to my liking.

Pint No. 23

What? – Thatchers, Gold

Where? – The Kings Arms, Putney Bridge

When? – Friday 26th January 2018

Yeovil Town’s home terrace is sponsored by Thatcher’s Gold and they also sponsor the back of our shirts. I took it as a good omen that The Kings Arms had it on tap and got a tasty pint of it. Unfortunately, by the time I was half way through it, we were 2-0 down. Though I prefer dry cider, Thatchers Gold is a great pint and one I could drink all day long. If you think you don’t like cider, I would suggest giving this a go. It’s a real easy drinker, and isn’t too powerful at 4.8% so you won’t pickle your innerds. It’s a piece of shit as a good luck omen though.

Overall Score: 3.5/5

 

Pint No. 24

What? – Thatchers, Old Rascal

Where? – The Kings Arms, Putney Bridge

When? – Friday 26th January 2018

I went up to the bar to order another pint of gold, when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a crafty fox looking in my direction. Said fox was Thatchers Old Rascal and it looked too good to resist. Legend has it that every night, under the cover of darkness, a wily old fox crept out of his den at the bottom of the Thatchers orchard and made it’s way to the cider store to himself to supplies.

Old Rascal is sweeter than Gold, and fizzier, tasting a bit like a Magners/ Bulmers/ Gaymers type bev. It’s another nice Somerset brew though and was a massive improvement on the first couple of ciders of the night. That said, Yeovil were now 4-0 down and I’d spiralled into depression that a 4.5% couldn’t fix.

Overall Score: 2.5/5

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