With a selection of real ales from a decent variety of UK breweries including Dark Star, Crouch Vale, Hopback and (of course) Meantime, as well as a cider and perry tent and a (mostly-deserted) Budvar tent, the afternoon passed in a relaxed haze of fermented sampling. There was also some evidence of Pimms, presumably to cater for those who are prone to attending beer festivals by mistake. Satisfyingly beer-soaking food stalls made the most of the captive audience and, for the most part, the jazz was eminently suitable (although the folkier performances were a bit jarring and noisy).
If the festival returns next year, we’ll definitely be planning to return, although we’ll keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain.
All photos by Dave.