The evening of 14th September found a group of YTI members and their significant others gathered in the cosy back room of York Brewery’s taproom. There was much enthusiasm about the beer on offer in the bar, where the atmosphere was warm and friendly. This was no ordinary social however: anticipation was in the air. Having split into teams, the attendees were all chomping at the bit to test their mettle against quiz mistress Catherine Greensmith’s notoriously tricky questions. With a sumptuous range of delicious looking prizes laid out on the table in plain view, there was naturally some friendly rivalry.
The quiz started with the signature tasting round, an unusual but very welcome addition for those of us experienced in the ways of the average pub quiz. This year the teams had to identify four different types of tea and four bowls of cereal by taste. While most teams had a good stab at the cereals, generally managing to work out the type of cereal or the company that made it, the Yorkshire Tea Biscuit Brew had everyone stumped! It also turns out that not many people know what liquorice tea tastes like either. Luckily for my team, The Doctors, your author drinks Earl Grey by the bucket load and was able to identify it by smell at 10 paces. That combined with the intellectual might of my team mates meant we finished the first half of the quiz in the lead and determined to hold onto top spot.
The halfway point was marked with a break from the fiendish questions to enjoy hot pies and mushy peas, with a steak pie or a veggie option on offer, generally accompanied by another pint of the brewery’s finest. The hot food seemed to hit the spot, and we entered the second half of the quiz full of enthusiasm. The questions were varied, touching on international sport, history and geography to name but a few, and pitched perfectly to keep us racking our brains. At the final tally, The Doctors saw off the fierce competition and retained our lead, getting first dibs on the prizes as the reward. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and everyone stayed after the quiz had finished for a good natter.
It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with new and old members alike, and I would like to thank Catherine for all her hard work putting such an excellent quiz together and for keeping order in the ranks on the night, and Kerry for organising the evening. I’m looking forward to next year’s quiz already!