Atlas & Malus at Alvecote Working Boats Gathering

Atlas and Malus are at the working boats gathering  at Alvecote Marina, along with a beer festival and, craft stalls and music this bank holiday weekend.

Come along and join in the fun.

They are heading back to Hawne Basin next weekend.  If you belong to either the BCN Society or Coombeswood Canal Trust, and would like to crew them, contact Paul Smith using the link on the page.

Find some decent beer! – CAMRA’s new online pub guide

While not strictly (or even slightly) BCN info, if you are out on your boat and want to find a decent beer, try
Whatpub.com, launched by CAMRA today.

It provides a fair description of the two good pubs that I have looked up.  (The Prince of Wales by Cambrian Wharf and the Olde Swan at Netherton)

The rest of this entry is cut and pasted from their publicity email.

Whatpub.com can now be enjoyed by everyone. It is dedicated to helping the public find the best pubs to suit their needs across Britain. Following a two year project by thousands of CAMRA volunteers, whatpub.com features 47,000 pubs, around 36,000 of which serve real ale – making the site the most definitive online guide to real ale in the UK.

Whatpub.com, which has been designed to automatically optimise for use on laptops, tablets and mobile devices, offers over 30 different search fields ranging from dog friendly pubs to those that offer newspapers or live music. Over 22,000 of the entries include details of the real ales being served – taking the guess work out of a visit for real ale lovers.

Pelsall Canal Festival – the beer arrives!

Paul & Craig from the Old Swan at Netherton delivering the beer.

Craig & Paul from the Old Swan delivering the beer.

Paul and Craig from the Old Swan at Netherton – crucial contributors to the success of the rally.  Not only did they deliver the beer to the original plan on Thursday, so that it was settled and ready for Saturday, when a problem developed with the beer (it kept disappearing – at a staggering rate) they provided a second batch of firkins on Saturday, and delivered a third batch on Sunday.

For those real ale aficionados who question having drinkable beer so shortly after delivery, it is because the Saturday and Sunday deliveries were “Bright beer” – firkins filled with beer tapped from the pubs own barrels – so each firkin was as clear as the pint you would get in the pub.

For those of you who enjoyed the beer (and that seems to be a lot – 1728 pints were sold over the weekend) – it comes from the Old Swan, at 168 Halesowen Road, Netherton, DY2 9PY.  Paul is the head brewer.