I went to a meeting of the beer festival committee on Thursday night in the Windmill. As there was live music in the pub and it was quite warm, we had the meeting in the large beer garden in the front. Caledonian 80/- was on, but soon ran out, leaving just Theakstons. Judging by the discussion, everything seems to be coming together well for the festival, barring any last minute setbacks. Full details of the festival can be found here and the beer list here.
It opens to the public at 6pm on Thursday 9th September, and at 7pm the Branch awards to local licensees will be made. Some cynics say that licensees don't value these awards and accept them just to humour the local Branch of CAMRA, but I don't believe that's the case ~ not unless every licensee is a superb actor. I won't reveal the results until they've been officially announced.
It's in the plush surroundings of the Scarisbrick Hotel on Lord Street ~ we've gone up-market! The theme of this year's beer festival is "North West and Some of the Rest", which, as the name suggests, will concentrate on beers from our region, so there'll be plenty for you to choose from.