Such is the way with beer festivals that although the 9th Forever Bury Beer Festival is still visible in the rear mirror, the 10th is already being planned. The 15-17th May 2014; in case you were curious. Anyway, back to the 9th which, as usual, was held in the social club of Bury FC. Not surprising when the purpose of the event is to raise money for the mighty Shakers. And, let’s face it; they currently need all the money they can lay their hands on.
The good news is that the 2013 event raised £14,340, a £2000 increase over last year. Not bad, particularly given the current economic woes. And pricing the beer at £2 a pint certainly doesn’t do anything to deter punters from dropping in. With a new layout and cooling equipment, quality and choice were better than ever. Two Manchester breweries: Ringway and Barlick delivered solid, old-fashioned Bitters while Loch Ness threw up a very passable, fruity WilderNess.
The Sportsman Alpha #3 put in a good shout for my beer of the festival, but with Caveman Citra on the books, there could only be one winner.