By 4.00 Sunday, having watched Leicester narrowly
Once settled at the trusty Anchor, I sampled three Irish microbrewed ales, which were by turns pleasant, very nice and then nice. They were Or, a Golden ale from Trouble Brewery, White Gypsy's Red Oak and 8 Degrees' Sunburnt Irish Red. It's unusual to sample a single tasty Irish Red ale, let alone 2 in one pub, in 15 minutes. Very nice. The Anchor was totally empty during my visit - I guess everyone was partied out.
However, following a spirit crushing football loss, during which I was accompanied by only Tetley's Extra Cold, I wasn't in the mood to go home yet.
So I popped into the very plush Hennesseys, where I sampled a quick half of Camerons Hurleys Irish Ale (yep, another one, also nice), then scuttled on, around the back streets of Digbeth. Wherein I saw two lovely looking, but sadly closed pubs (Spotted Dog and the Old Wharf), then a Casper Polish supermarket, where I picked up a can of Perla Niepasteryzowana, which will be consumed in due course.
Finally, before heading home, I had a very productive (and quick) visit to the Post Office Vaults, where I sampled the marvellous Oakham Tranquility, which was perilously smooth, hoppy and drinkable; and a bottle of De Molen Amerikaans. The big, bouncy bouquet of the latter, dripping with hops, will live with me for a long, long time. Buoyed by the De Molen I got a bottle of their Bed and Breakfast, to be gulped at another later date.
A good miniature crawl. Short, but sweet, but a happy [day after] St. Patricks Day to me.