We held out first Beer Festival back in 2009 with 22 real ales all named after animals & 2 real ciders. We also brought in a range of Belgium Beers for the first time. Such was the success of these we now stock a minimum of 4 real ciders/perries and always have Belgium Beer in stock.
Having decided to stick with the idea of keeping the Beer Festival themed, this year all our beers came from the coast. We built a beach in front of the pub, and launched HMS Sir William Peel. The number of beers grew to 25 , and the real ciders to 4 plus 1 perry.
Yet again the numbers go up, we are now up to 30 farmyard themed beers, 11 ciders and a perry. The pub was decorated with scarecrows, and farmyard animals.
What a summer we had, the Queens Jubilee, & the Olympics held in London. It was decided to have the beer festival kept very British this year, with the now 35 beers all being Kings, Queens, Lords & Ladies etc.(not to mention for the cider fans, we are now up to 15). The pub was decked out in red, white and blue, with the most famous quotes from some of the greatest Britains that have lived. What a wonderful year to be running a very traditional English pub, and a great way to celebrate it.
WOW, taped windows to stop the glass breaking, WW2 posters, and we have outgrown having a stillage in the pub, so all the beer was moved out into the Operations Room, complete with spitfires, cammo netting and sandbags. All the staff were decked out in either combat gear, or dress uniform. We had 40 beers plus ciders on offer to sample, with Gunners Daughter and Fokker Shotter causing much amusement.
Hollywood Glamour hits the William Peel. The Hollywood sign overlooked the red carpet that led you to the VIP bar housing filmed themed real ales. This year the customers joined in the fancy dress, how many places could you find Loral and Hardey being served by a pair of Oompah Lompahs?
We headed back in time, to the days of Knights, fair maidens and serving wenches. The Jolly Dragon housed 30 + ales such as Dragon's Breath (New Plassey Brewery) andCastle (Arundel) Beer of the festival was Ye Olde Misty Maiden (a 4% unfined beer, with a honey finish) brewed specially for us by Bexar County Brewery who very kindly donated the barrel with all proceeds being donated to CLIC Sargent.
The TARDIS landed, the Dalek arrived, several Doctors turned up, along with a couple of green aliens, several crew members from the Star Ship Enterprise, and Princess Laya, to sample a great range of Sci-Fi themed beers which included Black Hole Porter (Oakham) Moonraker Mild (Empire) Supernove (Black Hole) & Moondance (Triple FFF) to name a few.
Huge thanks to Tom, Sam and Bexar County Brewery who againbrewed a one off special - Mysique (a blue green beer depending on the light with flavours of chocolate almond and coconut) All proceeds again were donated to CLIC Sargent.