Ah, the work Christmas party. Some people look forward to going, others make their excuses, some (like me) feel like they should go and hope it’s not too much of a disaster. I generally try to avoid drinking in city pubs during December – too many part-time drinkers who can’t handle it and either get aggro or paralytic, taking up space at the bar usually reserved for all-weather beer lovers like myself. I digress. We were in the Underbelly of the Rumsey Wells with music, a festive quiz and many work colleagues dancing in a way that they would regret come Monday. I chose Adnams ‘Jack Brand’ Dry Hopped lager to see me through the evening, one of the few lagers I can drink without gagging. The Jack Brand has been a good move for Adnams, tapping into the younger market, and Dry Hopped is a lager with flavour rather than chemical preservatives, although still gassy. After chatting to some random guys for a while, one of them ostensibly handed me his number. Turns out he was giving me his friend’s number as a joke. After conversations with other drunk and annoying blokes I ended up in a bar on Queen St (not Brewdog) watching colleagues stumble around, listening to overly loud music and drinking Estrella (bleurgh). I stumbled home wishing I’d worn my ‘I have a boyfriend’ badge and looked forward to January when the pubs would be the domain of beer drinkers again rather than pissheads.