Report of 2nd Annual Hinckley CAMRA Beer Festival
Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th September 2009
Champion Beer of the Festival
Parish Brewery, High Cross Ale
The Hinckley Tin Hat Legend
Facts & Figures of the Festival:
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Birds Eye View of Beer Festival Number Two.
Number 2 over then, and it only seems like a couple of weeks since the first one. The garage got emptied for a few days but I notice that it has once again filled up. With more beer and ciders to sell and an extra day it was always going to be interesting to see if it all went. Fortunately for the most part it did. The cider bar was in another room to the beer this year, along with the food, and some seating, and we think it helped to keep the circulation going. Both rooms at one point though were full to capacity, especially on Friday evening, but the bar staff all managed to keep the queues at bay.
From the cider bar the perries flew off the racking and were replaced and almost sold out again. The ciders were steadier. First off was the Gold medal winner Gwatkins Yarlington Mill cider, fortunately we had another barrel ready and waiting. Next and probably the most popular as a great session drink and especially with the ladies was Gwynt y Ddraig Malvern Hills Perry. That soon ran out to be replaced with Two Trees Perry which was equally popular. Their Pyder Farmhouse, an apple and pear mix, followed on and was replaced by Oldfield Perry. Gwatkins Blakeney Red and Stoke Red soon disappeared. The rest were all steady sellers and there were few pints left at the end. Thatchers Cheddar Valley (last yearís favourite) was slower this year, possibly because the Broadoak Bristol Port was an equally spectacular luminescent colour and a good drink. All in all a good selection (yes I did try them all).
Havenít had the figures yet but I think we sold twice as much as last year. The fruit wines were much quicker off the mark this year and Saturday saw us running out well before the end of the evening, so some ladies had to resort to a perry.
Once again it was
like one big party and we all enjoyed the banter and repartee, with people from
all over the country. Judging by the compliments we got on the cider bar
everyone enjoyed it. Not sure my feet did though.
Some of the volunteers:
Photos by Chris & Steve
Click here for the Hinckley Times report
Click here for a report on the 2008 festival