The lights have been dimmed and the suppings all over. Yes, Bury Beer Festival 2010 has come to an end. Around 100 beers from a wide variety of breweries have been on offer at the Met on Market St over this last weekend. Oh and not forgetting some cider and perry.
Swiftly passing over the Leyden bar (as most people did), the main talking point was Irwell Works Brewery. Barely going a week, Bury’s latest brewery had three beers on offer. The most popular of these was Copper Plate (3.8%) which was a traditional Bitter (i.e. actually bitter) made up of five hops. They also had Pilot Pale (4%) and Steam Plate (4.3%) on offer.
Such a selection attracted punters and the glitterati from far and near. Not least the leader of the Stockport Massive, John Clarke. Although I am legally obliged to point out this was only because he made a wrong turning whilst out buying food for his pet carcajou. He is not, has never been and will never be, associated with any form of ticking. Oh no.
So, apart from the din on Saturday night: Blues does not have to make your ears ring, a successful festival. From the punters side, anyway.