Friday 12th to Saturday 13th September 2008
PHEW!! It's all over now!
Champion Beer of
Over the three
sessions there were just over 1000 visitors
The Festival was
officially opened by the Mayor of Hinckley, Councillor Jeffrey Bannister, who
drew the first pint of
As Staffing Officer I must thank everyone from H&B Branch who helped to make the Festival a success. From Sunday 7th until Sunday 14th, 40 members signed on, giving a total of nearly 600 hours of their time. It was pleasing to able to staff the entire Festival with members of our Branch. My thanks also go to members from other branches who offered their services but were not needed.
The Story of a first Beer Festival in pictures (Click images for larger images)...........
Photos by Chris Davies & Steve Colbourne
A Bird’s Eye View of the First Hinckley Beer Festival - by Rosie Cooke
So it’s over. The first one. For all the ladies who worked at the Beer Festival – Celia, Diane, Hilary, Mandy, Janet, Yvonne, Jill and myself, as well as those behind the scenes, and the wives of the men who had to put up with sundry bits & bobs of festival stuff all over the house and garage, or just being festival widows, hopefully we can all get back to some semblance of normal (until the next time). I think though we all enjoyed it. Hard work, even harder on the feet and backs but we did seem to enjoy it.
Seen from behind the bar everyone else seemed to as well. It was like one big party really, and everyone was really friendly. We managed to have a chat with a lot of people and serve. It was good to see people who were supporting it from as far afield as Maidstone, Doncaster, Hull, Oakham who had had to get several trains, as well as closer to us from Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Coventry and even closer all the villages around us. Thank goodness the weather turned out so good.
Lots of ladies seemed to enjoy the ciders, and for many (like me) their first taste of perries, most of which went down really well. (We almost sold out). The fruit wines were brilliant, and most people were interested in where they had come from. Even the last two tipples we were saving for ourselves got sold. I think the Black Beer & Raisin one should have the Fruit Wine of the festival award, and the Thatcher’s the Cider award (first one to run out, and it deserved an award just for its luminescence).
I was only proposed to once, and the streaker (there’s always one) “barely” raised a passing glance (well the fruit wine was more attractive).
Everyone behind the bar at various times really worked well together, considering they hadn’t before, not much was spilled, and for the most part we managed to avoid any collisions. Perhaps we can hire ourselves out as an established Team, but don’t get any ideas Treasurer!