Posts tagged ‘beer’

December 27, 2022

Of Taps and Newcastle winters

by Jem Croucher
Went to the Tap, the weather was raw
but it wasn't the sleet or the snow that I saw
but rather the fair Newcastle town trade
that good conversation with a pint that was made
and convivial warmth with the victuals there
made the winter outside something better to bare
So I stayed for a while and chatted some more
before heading back out to what lay in store

September 7, 2022

Tipple (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

3 of 10 in the ‘Music II’ series from Jemverse

In these fragile days of Autumn
When I am flustered by strong gales
There’s something to look forward to
The partaking of fine ales

A tipple of an evening
When the weather is like this
Gives a little taste of summer
With its happiness and bliss

July 24, 2022

Sunshine on Neville Street

by Jem Croucher
Sitting in Newcastle Tap
here on Neville Street
I've had a lovely pizza
and the beer's going down a treat
Outside Newcastle sunshine
though chillier up here
shines as evening shadows fall
and I enjoy this beer
By and by I'll take a stroll
as this time is all my own
so I may as well enjoy it
all these many miles from home

May 29, 2022

In the sun II

by Jem Croucher
Wolfgang on the garden bench
panting in the sun
whilst I sit down relaxing
now my working week is done
The warmth today is growing
so whilst I am sitting here
he's given his permission
for me to have a nice cold beer

November 5, 2021

John Harvey

by Jem Croucher
And down the Bridge Wharf twitten
the brewhouse brews beer and wine
standing proud there for tradition
now since eighteen thirty nine

John Harvey forty years before
in Bear Yard across the way
started brewing Harvey's beer
and does so to this day

September 21, 2021


by Jem Croucher
Had a Mangolicious Laines
a lovely IPA
fruity and refreshing
at the end of a long day
Eating at the Open House
all my girls and me
and a lovely Wolfgang
for a delicious tea

February 11, 2021

Virtual beers

by Jem Croucher

From Liverpool to Shoreham
quite a distance any day
but in these days of lockdown
seems a million miles away
But that distance is diminished
at a stroke with all good cheer
when we friends WhatsApp together
to share a virtual beer

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August 30, 2020

Simple Things

by Jem Croucher

It’s been said before
It’ll be said again
but there’s no harm repeating
the oft sung refrain
that moments of bliss
when contentment’s complete
can be captured and held
to make life this sweet

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July 11, 2020

The Beach Hut Arms

by Jem Croucher

Came down to the beach hut
on a very windy day
it wasn’t very warm but
I didn’t mind cos, hey…
The reason I was here
with the sea so very near
was to meet at social distance
with a good friend for a beer

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September 29, 2019

Poetic Licence

by Jem Croucher

And here I am again
with a pint at Ye Olde Trippe
Waxing lyrical I write
as rain goes ‘drip, drip, drip’
Poetic license there you say
well yes, I quite agree
but as it rhymes I added it
with (I’ll admit) a ‘tee tee hee’

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May 16, 2018

Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency

by Nick Anthony

Corralled in the narrow alley
An incalculable mass of humanity
Drunkenly bumbles and stumbles along,
Skipping in hiccuping rhythm,
Belting (and belching) drinking songs,
With the flow of the fleshy river.

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February 23, 2018

A pint at The Bridge

by Jem Croucher

Back up at The Bridge Hotel
between the city walls
Overlooking Gateshead
On the Tyne, Newcastle calls

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November 15, 2017

The Tap & Spile

by Jem Croucher

Mirrored lights reflected
in the water here at night
The mystery is magical
and a captivating sight

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October 19, 2017

The Welly

by Jem Croucher

The feet upon the wooden floor
Are moving to the beat
as conversation struggles
for those who’ve found a seat
The man up on the microphone
is getting really loud
But the music’s really throbbing
and is pleasing to the crowd

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July 28, 2017

The Canalhouse

by Jem Croucher

It’s quite a surprise
when popping in for a beer
to find that the pub
has its own canal here!

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July 19, 2017

One of those days

by Jem Croucher

It’s been one of those days
when the lingering heat
makes everyone glisten
from heads to their feet
And there’s nothing to do
when the weather’s like this
Though I know that for many
it borders on bliss

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May 25, 2017

The Shilling

by Jem Croucher

I remember when I was a lad
how much a shilling gave
were I to spend it, even though
I was encouraged then to save

And so it was in West George Street
in Glasgow, Sunday night
The Shilling Brewing Co I found
built on an old bank site

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April 8, 2017

Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem

by Jem Croucher

Underneath the castle walls
in the bright sunshine
Eight hundred years and some have passed
of serving ale and wine

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January 28, 2017


by Jem Croucher


Sitting in Hobgoblin
with an IPA
Watching raindrops falling down
here I think I’ll stay

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December 20, 2016

Christmas Spirit(s) Haiku

by Rhyme In Time

Poetry challenge: Christmas poem.


Hark, can you hear it?
The call of Christmas spirit.
Let’s grin and beer it.


July 7, 2015

A Meditation Celebration Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I spent July 4th with my lifelong friend Jerry and his wife Rosana. Jerry is my buddy that has an uncanny way of supplying me with material for my limericks and once again, he came through for me. And he does it without even trying.

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June 23, 2015


by Jem Croucher


It’s not the most attractive view
But the sunshine doesn’t care
For it beams on me regardless
When at home or out elsewhere

Earlier on it was in Telford
Up in Shropshire, far away
Whilst I waited from my train to come
At the end of a full day

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March 19, 2015

Liverpool green

by Jem Croucher


In the streets the Fab Four made famous
I came on St Patrick’s day
Green and revelry all around
Great views across the way

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March 5, 2015

York II

by Jem Croucher


Ye Olde Starre Inne in York
For three hundred seventy years
has been licensed as a posting house
and the serving up of beers

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November 28, 2014

Pub crawl poets

by Jem Croucher


A first for me and Jemverse
At The Duke with open mic
“Shoreham Pub Crawl Poets” gathering
For recitals and the like

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October 23, 2014


by graypoet

ugly pug

I invited a few friends over
They arrived a little chilled
But I was able to enjoy them
Together, a few hours killed.

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October 23, 2014


by Jem Croucher


In these fragile days of Autumn
When I am flustered by strong gales
There’s something to look forward to
The partaking of fine ales

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February 3, 2013

“Green Bier”


[Imagery Garden with Real Toads  Cinquecento poetry prompt for this weekend]

Fresh foam

Wave against ten

Digging, gripping joints

Each one swimming and floating up

For breath

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