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.


Pulling your own pint

Craft beer, pulling your own pint
Craft beer, pulling your own pint

I tried this pub (I can’t remember the name of it) a couple of weeks ago. It’s a craft beer pub and you can pull your own pint. I thought that this would be fun, and, to a degree it is. It’s a bit like using a petrol pump in that it counted out how much beer you’d poured up to 1.0, that being a pint.

Sadly it was a craft beer, so too cold and a bit fizzy too. The experience? Well it was ok, momentarily fun, but not much more than that I’d say. It wasn’t helped by the fact that the bar had no atmosphere at all, and was pretty much empty.

Would I do it again? Maybe, although I doubt I’d seek it out on purpose.


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.


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.