If you’ve never had cider and black, can you claim to be a goth? Though the opportunity presented itself this weekend at while drinking at the Elsinore in Whitby, I stuck to Cameron’s Strongarm, which was a very drinkable red ale, though nothing spectacular. It was the Gothic festival and while most everyone I knew was carrying around their pink pints, I decided I would stick to ale as best I could. I failed miserably at this on Sunday at the 80′s night in Laughtons where I devolved and drank blue WKD. It seemed like the right thing at the time. (I blame the corrupting influence of Mister Jack.)
The Shambles, another pub in Whitby, seems to serve the Goths begrudgingly, though the beer selection is better there. I often have had trouble getting served at the bar but I thought I’d give it a go. I tried all of Theakston’s range they had on at the moment, the Black Bull Bitter being the most forgettable of them all and Old Peculiar remaining the favorite. They had a Theakston’s beer on keg there, served “super chilled”: The Smooth Dark. Mr. Malting is a huge fan of the mild and we wondering if, at 3%, this were some kind of re-packaging of the mild as a guinness style keg beer. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that once I had a glass of this I stuck to pints of it for the rest of the evening. It was good.
I now regret passing up the Cooper Dragon IPA, as Rednev has said it’s amazing. Something to look forward to next time– that is, if I can get served.