Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Early Warning

Those bearded folk from the local CAMRA branch are organising yet another Planet Thanet Easter Ale Festival to be held over at Margate Winter Gardens starting on Good Friday lunchtime. It's early this year, falling on the 21st March and finishing the following day. This festival has quickly established itself as one of the largest in the south east and they go to all the trouble of keeping the hundreds of casks properly cooled, a new use of technology for this notoriously Luddite organisation.

It falls into the 'highly recommended' bracket.

And if that isn't enough incentive, we're sending a cask of ahem, special stuff for their delectation. I'll tell you both more about it when I've finished the label.

Top tip: the best way to do beer festivals is to volunteer to work behind the bar for a couple of hours - you get to suss out which beers are causing a buzz AND you don't have to pay too much for them later. You might even get a badge.

I reluctantly point you to this rubbish film made by Strings & King Keith at last years bash. (You'll be bored before I make an appearance late in the ninth minute).

And if you can't wait that long there's always Dover Winter Ale Festival held at the ancient Maison Dieu on the first weekend in February. It's so successful they don't need to put it on the interweb. There's always a 'one-in-one-out' queue on the Friday evening so get there early. I'm sending them a cask of Exodus Stout (2007) and I hope they bloody like it 'cos I saved it special.

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