A couple of weeks ago whilst on holiday in the North East I went on two jaunts with a mate to visit most of the Sams pubs in County Durham and Tyneside. I was amazed to find that nearly all of the pubs in the region don't serve OBB! I always thought it was a staple of all Sams pubs. There was also an alarming lack of draught hand pulled beers.
I wondered if there was a particular reason for this? Is OBB just not popular in the North East - or is there a historical supply issue? I guess that for North East bitter drinkers the choice is Sovereign (very hard to find in London) or something vaguely similar like Light Mild.
One of the pubs (Jarrow) for whatever reason served Samuel Smiths Best Bitter - which was a rare treat! (I have only previously seen this in one pub in Mansfield).