CAMRA REAL ALE FESTIVAL 2013
Almost 1,000 discerning drinkers from all over the country attended the 7th Annual
Chester CAMRA Real Ale Festival held at Chester Guildhall on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. All three sessions were sold out in advance and the vast majority of ticket holders were undeterred by torrential downpours, most notably on Friday evening, which drenched customers and staff en route to the Guildhall.
Sixty beers were on offer from as far away as Orkney and Cornwall with a good few old favourites such as Elland 1872 Porter and Marble Pint and enough rarities to keep the tickers happy. Cider and perry drinkers were not forgotten with 15 different varieties from around the country. In total almost 4,000 pints of real ales and cider were quaffed over the weekend. This year the cooling equipment borrowed from CAMRA HQ was used for the first time and a labyrinth of pipes and wires behind the stillage kept the beer at optimum temperature. Indeed, many drinkers commented that the beer quality and choice was the best ever at the venue.
Once again the festival hosted the final of the Champion Beer of Cheshire competition which was won last year by Chesterís Pied Bull brewery. This yearís distinguished panel of judges awarded the top prize to Black Out Rum Porter from Bollington based Happy Valley brewery. Red Willow Directionless and The Wizard from Merlin Brewery were second and third respectively.
Festival regulars MGB, Blagg Brothers and Topped Up provided the music with the Chester Ukulele Orchestra making their debut. Top quality food was once again supplied by the Brewery Tap and the hungry punters had scoffed the lot before last orders on Saturday. Also, the amount raised for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd
Thanks are due to all advertisers, sponsors and those people who gave up their time to make this another successful festival.
Here's to next year!
CAMRA Real Ale Festival 2013