Great British(?) Beer Festival

Great British(?) Beer Festival

Trade day was busy, certainly busier than last year & it was hot, damned hot.
As always I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Caught up with old friends, met some new ones, chatted and drank some good beers and some not so good.

One conversation did get me thinking though. I happened to mention that I thought there were more foreign beers than the previous year. Certainly not, I was told, it only appears that way because the foreign beer bars aren’t all together (even though there was one extra this year).

Sad as I am, back home I counted the foreign beers listed in the festival programme – 527. Just as well I saved last years programme – 359 listed for 2010. Hmmmm, looks like an increase in foreign beers to me and not a small one either.

Having the programmes in front of me, I thought it only right to tot up the number of British real ales listed – 527 for 2010, 513 for 2011.

I have to admit to being more than a little surprised that there is less real ale listed in 2011 than in 2010. With all these new micro-breweries opening producing a great variety of new beers, surely this number should be increasing year on year.

Not only that but the number of foreign beers listed in 2011 (527) outnumbers the number of British real ales (513) listed.

I know CAMRA get away with calling it a ‘British Beer Festival’ when we all know only British ‘real ale’ is allowed but shouldn’t the festival be showcasing more Great British Beer rather than foreign beer?

The above figures are as accurate as an old bloke with a pencil can get by counting the beers listed in the programmes, apologies for any inaccuracies if, in fact, there are any…..

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