The Masons acoustic song session was particularly busy last night, with 9 or 10 performers rolling up. The Masons is a small local in Anchor Street, Southport, and the regulars seem to quite enjoy having unamplified live music in their pub a couple of times a month (every 1st and 3rd Wednesday).
Brewer's tasting notes for Robinson's Wizard
It's a Robinson's house, and the usual real ale is Unicorn, with occasional visits by Dizzy Blonde or, more rarely, Trooper. Last night there was one I hadn't come across before: Wizard, named after the legend of the Wizard of Alderley Edge. I've attached the tasting notes from the Robinson's website, which I regard as wildly optimistic. It has a subdued version of the distinctive Robinson's flavour that is particularly detectable in Unicorn or Trooper, but is lighter flavoured than either of these. Beyond this, it is an unremarkable amber beer, pleasant enough in itself, but no flavours that either especially please or offend. At 3.7%, it is below my preferred strength, but as the Masons has only one real ale on at any time, beggars can't be choosers. I didn't mind it, but neither would I cross the road for it. Conclusion: typical example of a regional brewer's speciality beer.