This 3 minute 50 second news item is from Channel M, a local TV station in the Manchester area, which sent reporter Rachel Eggleston to the National Winter Ale Festival in Manchester. I was there last Thursday and had a great time. I think it gives a good idea of what it was like. You can see how well attended it was and how plush the venue is. Unfortunately it can't show how good the beer was ~ you had to be there.
P.S. I was going to do a posting on the festival, but why reinvent the wheel? If you're interested, this one by Tandleman, one of the organisers, chimes in with my experience and says it all really.
Watering the Mild and Other Wheezes, 1955
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