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 Fearing the wrath of Camra (it wasn’t a Camra event) these were withdrawn as soon as replacements arrived.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.