It's the Liverpool beer festival this weekend, but if you haven't got a ticket, don't bother going along; it's a ticket only do at a mind boggling £7 a session. The Catholic Cathedral crypt is a great venue without doubt, but the festival's policy of selling tickets in Liverpool in the freezing weather in November means it is not serious about campaigning - one of the reasons (originally the main reason) for beer festivals. This was brought home to me quite forcefully when I was queueing to enter the festival a couple of years ago and a group of women rolled up and asked about getting in. Upon being told they needed to have queued three months earlier for tickets, they left in a huff while the real ale drinkers (who clearly needed no converting to real ale) looked on. Surely these are the kinds of people a beer festival should be welcoming, not turning away. If Liverpool beer festival cannot be open to anyone but committed real ale drinkers, then it's no more than a successful drinkers club. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but it's not what I think CAMRA is for. This is not anti-Liverpool bias ~ I was born in Tuebrook.
|The Pieman supporting the pub.|
- £2 Thursday
- £1 Friday afternoon
- £3 Friday evening
- £2 all day Saturday
- CAMRA members FREE entry at all sessions