UPDATE: It’s now 2012, so check out my new micro-blog just for this year’s festival, it includes a mobile app to keep track of the ales!
I may be getting a little excited, and my annual pilgrimage to the CAMRA Peterborough beerfest is nearly upon me. Luckily it doesn’t overlap any big darts tournaments, else my two major hobbies would give me a conflict of interests! 🙂
If you’ve not been, but could get to Peterborough between Tue 23rd and Sat 27th August, 2011, I completely recommend it! Well if you don’t like real ale (or real cider, or British wines), then I don’t recommend it at all – unless of course you go for a soft drink, some food, and some of the great live music!
The event is the 2nd largest festival of ale in the UK – with nearly 40,000 visitors over the 5 days, and over 350 real ales on draught, plus a ton of European bottled beers, and real ciders and perrys. Each night there is live music in the massive music marque, with some great bands playing live. One of my favourite ever bands to play the festival is back, The Hamsters, who are AMAZING live. Well they are especially good if you are a Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top fan.
I’ve posted about the beerfest before in previous years, so you can get a bit of an idea.
Just to get in the mood, I’ve been practising by drinking some of the best beer I’ve drunk in a long time – Jaipur from the Thornbridge brewery. It’s an IPA (5.9%) with MASSIVE hop flavour. If you don’t like a hoppy beer, you better steer clear. It reminds me of some of the American IPA’s I’ve tried, but a little better balanced.