OK, technically they're six of the longest days of the year, but who gives a fuckpig for such pedantry when the fourth BV Pub of the Year contest is lurking just around the corner!
You know the drill by now. Last years finalists go head to head, toe to toe and cask to cask against five spanking new contenders and we'll see if anyone can wrest the shiny trophy away from the Craft Beer Company in Clerkenwell.
Importantly, I will be making a few adjustments to the rules this year, following feedback from readers, co-drinkers and an important missive from the Iranian embassy. (OK, so, one of those didn't actually inform the decision all that much.)
Rules, rules, rules...Firstly I've agreed that the five 'new contenders' can only include one pub belonging to any given owner, brewery or chain, which should ensure variety. Of course the rule that they must not have been in last years competition remains, which guarantees freshness (but not in a sanitary producty sort of way, obviously).
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Thirdly, the scoring system for the 'quality of real ale' will change slightly, with pubs now being awarded between -2 and 2 points.
Finally, the maximum number of miscellaneous bonus points a pub can win is rising to 3, ensuring that the theoretical maximum score remains 9/9.
Got that? Good. Only a few weeks to go until we can reveal the winners and boozers.