Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2013 will be launched tomorrow at the Gryphon, one of the Bristol pubs making it into the weighty tome for the first time. The event also coincides with the second anniversary of the reopening of the Gryphon as not just a real ale pub but one with a heavy metal theme.
When I visited on a quiet Wednesday lunchtime, my eardrums were nearly perforated by the music and screaming on the stereo. I am sure the volume will be turned down for the Camra clientelle tomorrow, only to be turned back up to 11 this weekend when more than 20 live bands are playing to help celebrate the Gryphon’s birthday in style.
Camra members would have been disappointed if visiting yesterday with only Oakham Ales Scarlet Macaw and Loweswater Gold on tap, two out out of a possible six hand pumps. But to be featured in the Good Bear Guide this must have been an anomaly.
Nestled on Colston Avenue between the Colston Hall and BRI, the Gryphon is like no other pub in the city centre, not just because it is shaped like a very thin slice of cake.
Pewter tankards above the bar jostle for space with spiderwebs and skulls in a pub that before it was metal went through a gay phase.
On Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm, all ales, ciders and lagers cost £2 a pint, in a pub that with its inclusion in the Good Beer Guide is making a name for itself with more people than those who just wear black.
The Gryphon, 41 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AP.