The latest Co-ALE-ition celebration event took place at the Nags Head pub in Reading (Berkshire) on Wed 27th August. Jody Oates, Landlord of the Nags Head, had promised to put on all 6 of Co-ALE-ition ales in the build up to our 1st anniversary on 18th Sept. The Nags Head is the current CAMRA Pub of the Year for the Reading and Mid Berks area and also got into the Top 15 real ale pubs across the whole of the UK in 2013.
There was a very good turn out and the pub was completely full. We had 26 people in our group which included 8 local CAMRA members.
Loony Party attendance included Tony Davies from Blackpool, Mark Beech from Walsall, The Mad Hatter from Oxford and Knigel “Big Fibber” Knapp from Stoke Newington. Colin Bex , the esteemed Leader of the Wessex Regionalist Party, also graced us with his presence. Two Co-ALE-ition breweries were represented i.e. Wild Weather (Mike Tempest) and Mash (Graham Turner).
Howling presented Jody Oates, Landlord of the Nags Head, with a signed and framed certificate for becoming the 1st pub to sell all 6 Co-ALE-ition ales at the same time (see Co-ALE-ition Hall of Fame section for further details). The CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks branch presented the Nags Head with the Pub of the Year certificate (6th consecutive year the Nags Head has won this award).
Howling personally signed five bottles of Monster Mash and two of them were given to Jody Oates and Phil Gill (Editor of Reading and Mid Berks quarterly magazine which is called CAMRA’s Mine’s a Pint). A two page article on Co-ALE-ition will feature in Mine’s A Pint in their special Xmas edition. The other three bottles of Monster Mash were sold on the night.
Tony Davies (Blackpool Loony) was the star of the night, he had a pint of all 6 Co-ALE-ition ales and was still able to beat Mark Beech (The Good Knight Sir NosDa) at darts.
Some of our group had an Indian meal at the House of Flavours before they arrived at the Nags Head. Lola (Jody’s partner) and her mother Sylvia put on food, sausage and onions in a baguette, which proved to be very popular.
The 6 Co-ALE-ition ales sold very well, they were all next to each other on the bar. There were a total of 12 different real ales available on the night.
Howling was on great form and the Mad Hatter, dressed in his full regalia, attracted lots of interest from the locals.