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We Are Chester writer Dyfan Morris visits the Cheshire Beer Festival

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We Are Chester’s Dyfan Morris enjoys a tipple or two at the Cheshire Beer Festival    Photo courtesy of Dyfan Morris

We Are Chester writer and real ale aficionado Dyfan Morris reports on his first visit to the Cheshire Beer Festival. This popular event took place at Chester Racecourse and gave fans of ales, beer, ciders and perrys the chance to enjoy taking their pick from a wide variety of casks, while enjoying the company of likeminded people and live music to keep their toes a-tapping.

Another Sell-Out Success for the Cheshire Beer Festival

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Live music gets underway at Cheshire Beer Festival     Photo: Dyfan Morris

It was more than a little pleasing to walk into CAMRA’s 2015 Cheshire Beer Festival from the darkness of a winter’s evening at Chester Racecourse. In contrast to the wintry and silent ground, we were greeted by a cosy gathering of likeminded revellers, all of whom were enjoying their pints of ‘ambrosia’ to the sound of rip-roaring live music.

NASA launchpad

Behind the make-shift bar were row upon row of casks, all of which dispensed some of the finest ales, beers, ciders and perrys our area has to offer. Behind this wall of barrels lay an astounding network of pipes that would not have looked out of place on a NASA launchpad.

After finding a spot by the lovely traditional pub games, we carefully studied the beer list. The plan was fairly methodical and scientific (by our standards at least). We would start with lighter beers and then work our way through to the darker ones in the hope that the strongly flavoured porters and stouts would not overpower the taste of the more subtle brews that might otherwise follow them.

Mice and men

This plan worked well for a while, however, after several strong beers we validated Robert Burns’ point about mice and men and their failing schemes. In the end we went for the ales with names we liked. It worked out very well. As you might expect from such an event, we didn’t come across a single duff brew.

The food was good and very welcome by the time we felt that eating something was probably a good idea. I previously stated in a blog ahead of the event that food would be available from stalls, however this information was wrong. The meals were ordered in a dining area just to the side of the main room, they arrived quickly and were just what we needed before returning to the main event.

Book early

It was an excellent night, made all the more enjoyable by the friendly atmosphere provided by the hardworking organisers and lovely people who attended it. I can’t recommend this festival enough and if you would like to attend it this year, it is advisable to book early as tickets sell out quickly. You can keep up with the latest news by visiting the following website: http://www.camracasc.org.uk/index.htm.

 

About Angela Ferguson (76 Articles)
I'm a writer, journalist and blogger, as well as the founder and editor of culture webzine wearechester.co.uk. I'm also a university lecturer in journalism and media communications and a presenter at Flipside Radio.

2 Comments on We Are Chester writer Dyfan Morris visits the Cheshire Beer Festival

  1. Reblogged this on Product reviews 2015-2016 and commented:
    An interesting and entertaining piece written by a great writer, a must read blog post. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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