In the year 2000, some then colleagues and I from work decided to go for drinks each lunchtime in a different pub and have a different drink each day for one week. We had a different drink group each day which included beer, lager, cider and stout. This took place in Leeds, UK. Yesterday marked the 14th such annual event.
Over the years it has gone from a week event to being one evening where we go round different pubs and have a different drink in each one. It has always been a men-only event (it just happened like that). People have left the business where we worked but we always meet up once per year. While the faces have changed there has always been a core group of YBA enthusiasts. The drink rounds have evolved to take in a cocktail round and a camp drink round and people often try something they haven’t tried before. A celebration of alcoholic beverages and the great British pub and of friendships!
To give an idea of what I had to drink last night…here we go (I can remember!!)…
The Stick or Twist – a pint of Yorkshire Blonde ale
The Wrens Hotel – a Campari and Soda (awful stuff – never try it!)
The Pit – a pint of Pit Canary lager
Mojos – a Mojo Swizzle cocktail – nice!
Templar – a sweet sherry
Santiago – a pint of Murphys stout
North Bar – barman’s choice – I shared a 15 year old Peruvian rum and a very peaty Scotch whisky with Mr T
Sela Bar – Buffalo Trace bourbon
Strange customs emerge over the years…we once found a hat in the Templar bar in Leeds about 5 years ago which has become the “YBA Hat” and each year it makes an appearance for photographs…
Mixing drinks is not a sensible thing…but it is always a great evening spent with friends and unlike the rather abysmal British culture of getting plastered at times, you might be surprised to learn that after about 5 hours everyone is still in a reasonably sensible state as the evening reaches a natural parting of the ways…