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Beer of the Week (w/e 15th September 2019) with Mobyduck on the Pub Forum

Mad Squirrel Tap, St Albans Central, St. Albans

17 Heritage Close, High Street
St. Albans
AL3 4EB

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Mad Squirrel Tap

Tucked away through a narrow pedestrianised walkway to the Abbey,this is the latest tap from Mad Squirrel.Unlike some other of their premises this is much less bottle shop more pub,but there are still a few fridges to choose bottled beer with a 40% discount on carry out.
It's a modern building and there is a dark exterior stairway to an upper level where there is another entrance into an overflow area.However the lower entrance opens into the serving bar back at the rear with 22 keg wall mounted taps and three handpumps.
The interior is quite sparse with rough wood facing on both the bar and walls.A drinking shelf is made out of the same rough wood,while there are additional high tables and some small orange leather benches.It feels very hip.There is a good sized outside terrace.Decent muzak was playing at a sensible volume and the young bar tender was friendly and helpful.He explained that at any time there might be 13 Mad Squirrel beers on keg,some regular,some occasional together with 8 guest kegs.(On my visit from Fyne,Magic Rock and Burning Sky all top quality brewers) while on handpump there will be 2 Mad Squirrel (on my trip Mr Squirrel and Big Sea IPA (£4.20 and fabulous))with a third handpump for a guest.
Pizze is the food option and they do beer and pizza deals.
If you are a fan of keg ,your heart will sing when entering here and there is some pokey gear to get involved with.If on a real ale tour don't miss out here. Mad Squirrel are a fine brewer and this place delivers .

On 22nd August 2019 - rating: 8
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