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The Oxted Beer Festival

I haven’t gone every year, but I think I have for the last few, and it’s been ok. My big gripe with this beer festival is the cost. It’s more expensive than the Great British Beer Festival and is no way near as good! So why does it cost so much, and why has it gone up in price year after year? I don’t get it.

The beer wasn’t bad. They didn’t run out, which was a positive as they did run out last year. The music was ok. Friday night was better than Saturday. Saturday started well and got progressively worse as the evening went on.

So I’m not sure that this festival is going to be on my list if it keeps on getting more and more expensive for less and less value. It’s a shame, but if the organisers can’t make it work without putting up prices by 20-25% every year, then they’re doing something very wrong.

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So it’s the first of October 

And October is my favourite month of the year as well. I think it’s a lovely time of year when seasons change and the weather gets colder and more pronounced, and it becomes that time to dust off the winter coat. Also it’s a great time for ale too as the darker ales come out and replace the summer ones.

So, just good stuff to look forward to on the road to Christmas!

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And the next batch from Beer 52 arrives

Ok, it was last week, but I thought I’d mention it. I had a couple of less than perfect experiences with the last batch, so I’m hoping for much more satisfactory experience this time around. I’ll be sinking the first one or two in a day or so. I’ll let you know the results.

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Now that’s a lovely ale

Bath Ales ... Gem
Bath Ales … Gem

I often have Gem at WOMAD, so when I recently saw it in the local supermarket I thought I’d try a couple of bottles. Well it was just as good as the draft. I was really impressed I have to say.