The date for this monumental event is set for Saturday 31st of January 2004, in Derby, East Midlands. The main focus of the evening is the world premier launching of the Robert Rankin inspired beer – “Large”. This epic new drink is to be brewed for us by a Nottingham based brewery called “Castle Rock” http://www.tynemill.co.uk/castle.htm and will initially be available in the Alexandra Hotel (The Alex) http://www.tynemill.co.uk/derby/alex.htm on Siddals Road in Derby, this is very near the Train station.
For one night only “The Alex” will become “The Flying Swan” and will be referred to as “The Swan” throughout this article. January the 31st will be Cowboy night at The Swan as featured in The Antipope. Everyone is invited to join our very special guest, Robert Rankin, for a pint or more of Large and it is hoped Robert will pull the 1st official pint of Large for us. Robert has also designed the artwork for pump clip himself, along with some beer mats & T-shirts too. The best dressed Cowboy (or Cowgirl) will win a prize, it’s only a bit of fun though.
The evening will also feature a pub quiz, to be split into 2 rounds, the “Music Round” and the “General Knowledge & Works of Robert Rankin Round”. And there will also be a raffle, so come prepared to join in and you may even win a prize. Other entertainment’s we have planned for the night include: a close up magician will be wandering round entertaining people, there will be a buffet during the evening, we will have some Beer related talks from Paul Wooding of the Castle Rock Brewery & from Robert Rankin and a Captain Laser Alien Attack machine. Also Matt should be bringing along some VCD recordings of the fun that was had at the recent “They Came and Shaved Us” Convention in Ireland, for people to get a hold of.
I’ll not say too much about the specifics of Beer itself here as that will spoil the surprise on the day. Everyone imagines “Large” differently because everyone’s idea of the perfect pint is different. But it will be a ‘Real Ale’ as served by Neville in the Swan and Robert has described it himself as being dark, light, bitter, pale, lagerish, porterish, weak, strong, frothy and flat, so now you all know what your in for.
For those of you wishing to kick off the weekend early we will be gathering in the “Babbington Arms” on Friday 30th from about 6:30pm. This is a Wetherspoons in Derby city centre, it’s located on Babbington Lane (please be aware if asking directions that Derby has 2 Wetherspoons and you do not want the one called “The Standing Order”.)
Stuff starts rolling from about five onward, but there will be people there earlier, and there may be a gathering the evening before hand for those staying over, get in touch.
Accommodation is obviously a priority for those of you wishing to travel to Derby so with that in mind here are some suggestions:
Derby Tourist info - 01332 255802, or check their website at: www.visitderby.com/tourism/stay/wts_frm.htm
Sproutlore : www.sproutlore.com
Finally, so we have a rough idea of the kind of numbers to expect on the day could I please ask those wishing to attend to drop me an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note through the post to: