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Well done Grumbo and Mr Pink 152

I was looking to see if it was possible to rate over 50 beers in every region of the UK; @Grumbo has done so with the Isle of Wight and @Mr_Pink_152 has managed over 50 in Rutland. Those two places were the ‘sticking points’ I thought might be a problem, but not anymore.

Post Lock Down goal for a few of us maybe?

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Think 50 in Isle of Wight may need afew cider ratings to achieve

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I thought that might be the case @danlo.

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Wow, congratulations both! I didn’t even know that 50 beers from the IOW was possible.

A good number of Isle of Wight beers, a few IoW ciders, a few IoW meads, and at least 3 recent trips across the Solent got me to 50. Got a couple of rates in Suffolk still to do which will mean ‘just’ 47 left to get to the 100.

Isle of Wight has been my only “overseas” trip since March. And my only destination for beer festivals since then too.

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:heart_eyes: <- a hint

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Thanks @BlackHaddock. I have a few counties below 50, and am going to start actively ordering beer deliveries from these places. I always struggle with IoW beers but am lucky to see Rutland beers at local beer festivals. I hope they start again next year.

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I congratulate you on your achievements.
I have only 6 for the Isle of Wight.
Will forget about Rutland for the moment for me.

Well done

Joe

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County hunting has been a but more difficult this year. I haven’t left Leicester since the lockdown. IOW is out of the question here, and weirdly we don’t get a lot of Rutland beers (except at the beer festival and even then I’m lucky to get 2-3 rates). And I don’t know any breweries that deliver from either county.

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I’ll come back to this in 14 years when the boys has fucked off to uni or prison and I can focus.

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50 is bloody impressive for those two - respect! They’re my last two below 10 (7 for IoW, 8 for Rutland).

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My least rated counties are those two as well (like most of us I would expect).

Isle of Wight on 11 and Rutland on 22. Visited both to gee up my scores and failed pretty much on each occasion!

Third from bottom is Durham on 28, closely followed by Surrey on 29.

I do like to check my stats, but rarely do anything to improve them by targeting a region and buying online. Much prefer to visit a place and try to find new beers while there.

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I did very well with Rutland when I lived in Ely. The pubs up that way carried a lot of Bakers Dozen. Not sure if they have the same distributor as Three Blind Mice as I often see them together?

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Working for 10 weeks in Newcastle and getting to know @danlo, and having to visit Reigate quite regularly for work, helped me with those two counties. Apart from what pops up at beer festivals (quick pause whilst I remember them fondly) they are difficult to get volume in unless you visit the counties, I think only S43 have any kind of national presence and that’s quite a recent thing.

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Crikey, yes, well done both, they are very difficult places to get ratings from, even when you visit them both, which I have done. My Rutland ratings have been mostly from Beer Festivals, Leicester and Peterborough always seem to have a few. Isle of Wight don’t seem to get anywhere, I’ve had a couple of hols over there so got a few but not in any quantity. There is an IoW Beer Festival that I have meant to do at some point. Northumberland is my only other county under 100, I was robbed Guv as I had gone over a 100 then 2 Breweries moved to T&W which meant that on here I am well shy of 100 but in my own records have roughly 120. I have forked out for a box from Northumbria Gifts, thank you Ratebeer colleagues for pointing me in the right direction, gradually rating from it, pretty bad offerings so far so taking my time, but should put me into the dark blue on the map.

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Half (or thereabouts) of my whopping 12 IOW rates came from Lifecraft, the beer shop in Cowes which sells good beer and IOW beer. They thought I was a bit strange when we chatted about craft beer and I ended up leaving with an armful of Goddards.

The place I was staying (Sandown) was bereft of craft beer. I got my timing wrong as the new brewpub opened there a few months later. Oh well, one for next time!

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