Friday, June 23, 2006

The Quest for Brown Ale

June 23, 2006

The Quest for Brown Ale

So, it's my last day at Sumo. I fooled around a bit with more History of York stuff. Website, T-shirts, banners, etc. There's a meeting on Monday to present this stuff. I hope it all goes well.

Anyway, what better way to say "goodbye" on a Friday night than by going out for happy hour with friends!

This isn't any ol' happy hour, though. It's a Quest for Brown Ale.

Just so you'll know, the entire time I've been in Newcastle, I've only had Newcastle Brown Ale once. I'm not sure why, but most places I've been to in town don't serve it. That's why, tonight, we were all on a quest. We need to find a pub that serves Newcastle before I leave everyone for good.

The night started out at "The Forth." It's right around the corner, and it's a SUMO favorite. We found Kenny (Jens' husband) but no Brown Ale. That didn't keep us from staying of course.




Alright, I'll make this short and sweet. We went from pub to pub to pub, with no luck finding Newcastle. We of course sampled what each pub had to offer, but we didn't lose sight of the goal. We probably visited 5 or 6 places.
















Later that night. someone hypothesized that the "old people's" bar might have brown ale. For such a Newcastle-less night, it was our only hope.




SUCCESS!!
As luck would have it, these folks know what good beer is.




Next? Food. Hmm... looks like a Chinese buffet again. What's this? Another warning about being charged for the buffet? This is weird. Is it that common for Chinese buffet places to charge you for sitting in a chair... even with no food in your vicinity? Sheesh!







It was a great night going out with my new friends and fellow workmates from the previous two weeks. Thanks guys for making me feel welcome and for showing me a good time.

Let's keep in touch.

p.s.
I wanted to mention to you all that Kenny is one of my kindred music spirits. One casual mentioning of Pan Sonic made each of us realize who we'd stumbled upon. I only mention this because it's hard for me to find people who share my musical tastes.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Justin's Mom said...

Okay. Now we know what your last day (and evening)was like. You should have called your Mom on your quest for brown ale. Where the old farts hang out is where the "taste" and action is! Show us Edinburgh, fill us in on your experiences on your way back, and coming home again!

I think Michael is still asleep. Jet Lag, you know!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Bob Gammon said...

That's nice Justin.But you seem to have left out the obvious to me. Enough with the Ale tales. There are at least (4) pictures of you and that blonde woman from Sumo.
Who was that and what's her name.
I'm just wondering why she was alway with you in a picture. Did you two hit it off or what?

12:23 PM  
Blogger Bob Gammon said...

That's nice Justin.But you seem to have left out the obvious to me. Enough with the Ale tales. There are at least (4) pictures of you and that blonde woman from Sumo.
Who was that and what's her name.
I'm just wondering why she was alway with you in a picture. Did you two hit it off or what?

12:23 PM  
Blogger Justin Gammon said...

That's Jen. She was fun to hang out with... and she's married to Kenny.

9:19 PM  

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