National Winter Ales Festival - Manchester

Arrived at the festival at 5.30 PM on Saturday to find that the vast majority of the beers were sold out.
After visiting both floors I would say that only 20 or so beers remained, most of which were very ordinary. The place was heaving but most people seemed to be standing around with empty glasses.
A friend who attended on Friday evening has told me that a significant number of ales were already sold out then.
Unfortunately this seems to be a regular feature since the event moved back to Manchester a few years ago.
Over the years I've attended many festivals up and down the country and still had a reasonable choice of ale on the final evening.
This strikes me as pretty poor for an official CAMRA event.
By the way, no mention was made of the lack of beer when I paid my entrance charge.
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Chris de Cordova (West Cumbria & Western Lakes)
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Chris de Cordova

How long does the stuff keep in the barrels?
Is there any reason why at the end of the festival, any remaining barrels couldn't be sold to a local pub?
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Manky Badger

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