The festival offered 200 real ales, 50+ ciders and perries and a range of exotic continental beers, and was run by the Liverpool Organic Brewery along the same lines that CAMRA festivals are run, with the added bonus of lots of seating, although I suspect that might be different on Friday and Saturday evenings, both of which were sold out on-line. I didn't have a beer I didn't like, even though I'd decided to try only beers previously unknown to me; trying unfamiliar beers can sometimes lead to disappointment. I was amused to see a brewery called Mr Grundy's Brewery, so I had to try their beers: 1914 was a 5% dark stout which I did like (some stouts can seem overpowering to me), and a pale bitter 4% called Golden Dawn which was more to my taste. I think my favourite of the day was from Great Heck brewery of Yorkshire called Heaven and Heck - 5%, pale, hoppy and full of flavour.
No offence intended to our hosts, Liverpool Organic, but as I can buy their excellent beers at any time, I didn't have any on this occasion.
All in all a great festival, where I met several old friends, including from where I used to work, from Wigan CAMRA branch, from the Southport Swords and from the Bothy Folk Club, as well as my old school friend, who has already decided to pencil the next Waterloo Beer Festival (22 - 25 November) in his diary.
The only thing I don't understand is why they've got a picture of David Mitchell on the front of the festival programme.