Well, the National Winter Ales Festival duly opened tonight, er, last night now since it's gone midnight. All seems to have gone according to plan - anything that didn't go according to plan, I've not heard about yet, but then I was on glasses all night.
My impression was that there is more space available, partly because of
the layout (bars against the side walls) and partly because there is a
lot of space outside the hall where people can drink or eat or whatever.
However, it would certainly be an improvement if we could get the lower
hall as well as the main hall in future years.
One downside for many people will be the limited food on offer:
basically sandwiches and pies. This is beyond the control of the
organisers and is really down to the hall's owners (the Co-op). There
isn't much available round about either, not after about 6 p.m. at any
rate, so anyone planning to visit might want to think about bringing
some snap with them.
The judging for the Champion Winter Beer of Britain takes place in the
morning and results will be announced later on during Thursday.
- posted 15 years ago