Fleet's fourth annual beer festival at Ancells Farm Community centre on Saturday was a tremendous success despite the wet weather.
Fleet Lions raised over £3000 profit to help good causes, and nearly 500 people knocked back almost 2000 pints of beer and cider.
The theme for this year's festival was 'A Stone's Throw', and the motto was 'local beers for local people'. There were a tremendously diverse range of beers on offer, including some unusual brews for a real ale festival. Even lager fans had something to tempt their palates, such as Czech Mate from Loddon Brewery - a Czech-style Pilsner that was very well received indeed, selling out in record time. Festival organiser Ken Carter said, "Once again the festival was a huge success, and the 'Stone's Throw' theme proved very popular indeed. Guests felt they were not only having fun supporting local charities, but local businesses as well. I'm really pleased with how it all came off."
For new Lions member Daniel Franklin it was a completely new experience. He said, "Although I've been on the other side of the bar at previous Fleet beer festivals, this was the first time I've been involved in organising it. Ken entrusted me with ordering the beer and acting as bar manager on the day. It was a really busy day, starting early and finishing late at night by the time we'd cleared up the hall, but a lot of fun."
Next year's festival is set to go ahead again on the middle Saturday in August.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Fleet Beer Festival
My thanks to Daniel Franklin for this report/press release on the recent Fleet Beer Festival: