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Find Out What Real Ale Tastes Like
Image from camra.org.uk
How do you like to spend your day off? My dad likes to spend it with a beer. Fortuitously, his rest day landed on same date as the Great British Beer Festival. He spent the whole afternoon sampling a whole range of different beers from various breweries, only to come home with dozens of leaflets announcing yet more festivals are on the way.
I never knew so many beer festivals could be held in a year, let alone the next four months. Most of these events are hosted by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. Set up in 1971, CAMRA is on a mission to get the British public drinking the proper stuff. The best way to do this of course is through awareness, which is why I guess they have so many beer festivals.
So what is real ale? Real ale is brewed using traditional ingredients such as yeast, hops, barley, and water, which is then left to mature in a cask, from which it is directly served. It provides a much more mature and developed taste than beers that have been filtered and pasteurised.
If you want to taste the best beers around, then check out one of CAMRA's festivals. They are happening all over the country, so there hopefully there will be one near you. Anyone who is a member of CAMRA gets discount or free entry.
The festival celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It will feature over ninety ales, ciders, and perries. As well as cask beers, there will also be a bottled beer stand, and places to buy souvenir tankards and t-shirts. Children who are supervised are allowed in until 5pm, and live music will be performed on Saturday evening.
The festival will feature over sixty-five beers from local breweries, as well as a few new breweries from further afield. CAMRA will be judging the East Midland's bitter beer entries for the Best Beer of the Year, and there will be live entertainment from rock band, Weirdfish, and local band, The Press.
A small affair, this festival organised by the South Benfleet Social Club is free and welcome to all. It features of twenty ales and ciders, folk and morris dancing, and a live performance from The Thameside Mummers.