Posted 23 Jun 2011
Even though the biggest beer festivals are in Germany, Britain has some big ones too. One is the Brighton Beer Festival, which will take place between Thursday 14 July and Sunday 17 July, right on the seafront at the Old Paddling Pool next to Brighton’s West Pier.
In Britain, beer festivals are organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMBRA) and by local pubs. Casks of ale from different brewers are placed on stillage behind rows of trestle tables, and they’re cooled by using wet sacks or blankets, which achieves evaporative cooling or simply through refrigerated cooling saddles and coils. Glasses are distributed at the entrance and beer is sold by the half or full pint, and in “nips, or one-third of a pint, so that festival-goers can sample many beers without drinking too much.
At the Brighton Beer Festival, attendees will be able to sample over 250 top quality ales, lagers, ciders, and hand-crafted bespoke beers from all over the world as they look at floodlit views of the waterfront from a state of the art marquee, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. They’ll listen to some great music, most notably 90s favorite Dodgy and The Blockheads, and live radio broadcasts.
They’ll participate in games and competitions. The festival will provide promo girls to serve you, great food stalls, a fantastic VIP area, and even a variety of wines, spirits, and cocktails for those who don’t enjoy beer. For those who do enjoy their beer, a limited edition ale “Brighton Breezy,” which is being brewed especially for the event, will be made available. Both small and large breweries will be involved and unusual world beers such as Beer Saigon and Flying Dog will be offered.
It’s sure to be a great four days and if you would like to visit and taste these beers for yourself, then Jurys Inn have one of the best centrally located hotels in Brighton.