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Tyson is a beer hound and cheese addict living in the beery metropolis paradise known as Manchester
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Monday, 23 November 2009

Bury Beer Festival

Bury Beer Festival took central stage at the Met over the weekend with its expanded format proving popular amongst drinkers and music lovers alike. Certainly the inclusion of the downstairs bar area into the festival was very welcome as it vastly increased the amount of seating available.

A quick head count made it some 77 beers for local imbibers to choose from. The hall was split along the lines of local and non-local beers. Bury’s very own Leyden took up the back bar-very convenient for drinkers wishing to ignore their wares. Much more palatable were the extensive offerings from Outstanding, including the rarely seen White; a cloudy wheat beer full of lemon and earthy spiciness. Local celebrity Joe Stalin was spotted enjoying a pint (or two) of this as he lectured on the Second Congress of Soviets.

Some familiar names delivered the goods beer wise: Marble, Mallinsons, Elland were very good, but Brewdog proved to be my favourite. Their 5% Sam Saint was an extremely (too much for some) hoppy, red ale. Biggest let down was Dunham Massey’s Milk Stout. This was described as a “full bodied, sweet stout with a creamy, roast malt character”, but in fact tasted like roasted razor blades.

The photo shows an original BBF 2009 glass with a Camra logo on it, as given out to early punters. Fearing the wrath of Camra (it wasn’t a Camra event) these were withdrawn as soon as replacements arrived. However, there are stories that some were smuggled out under pain of death and are now fetching high prices on the black market.

17 comments:

Nigel Leven said...

Really enjoyed it and some of the music was excellent.

sean said...

I actually thought the Mild Stout was rather good but then I hated tne Brewdog.Downstairs being open was a bonus but a pity there was no foreign beers for take out later.

Bailey said...

"Like razor blades" as in metallic flavours, or did it feel like your throat was being cut to ribbons? Either way it can't be good.

Tyson said...

Bailey

Both really! It just wasn't a good beer and certainly not a Milk Stout.

craig and lisa said...

Went with the girlfriend on Friday and it was great not to be stood outside waiting.Definitely one in the eye for the camra assholes.

Anonymous said...

The previous poster should take his head out of his arsehole before commenting ... CAMRA did try using the bottom room in Bury ... we then spent Sunday morning pouring gallons of unsold beer away ... but of course Craig was probably in bed when this was happening

Paul Meakin said...

Went on the Saturday night.Apart from the Leyden beers I thoroughly enjoyed it,although I think some of the beer was a bit warm.

craig and lisa said...

So the Met managed to successfully do something that Camra was unable.to.Kinda proves my point about Camra assholes.

Anonymous said...

A lot of nice pussy there.

Dennis said...

Anon.

Amen.

Dr Doolittle said...

I'm sat here in the Trackside unable to believe what my EYES are reading. Instead of asking WHY camra memebers didn't want to work at the festival, one should be asking WHY they didn't want to work for camra. Because there was PLENTY of them working last weekend. I spoke to MR FRANCE there who I believe was last year's organiser. So I am fully aware of the FACTS in this case.

liam said...

Have to agree as to the lady situation at the festival.i haven't seen as much fanny at a beer festival for ages.Some of the met staff were well fit too.

Koba said...

In response to Dr Doolittle: I understand that the bars at the stage end of the room were run by Automatic employees and the Leyden & Outstanding stands were run by people from those breweries.
No unpaid volunteers present.

Anonymous said...

no unpaid volunteers? what was i doing there then?

Dr Doolittle said...

Of course there WERE camra members there. I myself spoke to some serving behind the bar who I know for a FACT are camra members. Remember I have spoken to MR FRANCE and know the facts.

Tyson said...

On the subject of staff: Leyden and Outstanding were staffed by their own people, but the "Other Beers" bar was staffed by Met employees and volunteers-including some well known Camra members.

alan b said...

Had a few pints in Automatic last night.Talking to the gang,they all thought the festival was well run and a pleasure to work for.There's a few things that need tweaking for next year but with even more volunteers I think it will be even better.