Originally posted by haddonsman
It was... excellent. Friday afternoon, the sun shone, the beers were superb, the ciders & perrys moreso. By far and away the best CAMRA fest I’ve been to.
Was amazing. I only made it through about 24 thirds in the course of 5 - 6 hours on Thursday, though I suppose if I’d been DRINKING more and not SOCIALISING so much, I might’ve made more progress. But 5 hours was just about right for me. Should’ve taken some proper photos though.
I had no beer that was not in fine form, condition- or temperature-wise. I had some that wasn’t the most exciting beer around, but that’s to be expected.
Redemption Trinity, 3.0% pale mild with Yankohops, was especially impressive, as was Ilkley Dinner Ale, 3.3% from a recipe from 1894.
It was nice to see Dave Unpro properly this trip, as well as to meet you. Was a fantastic trip all-around, despite rain on Thu & Sat. Some great walking, drinking, and eating. Only managed one pork pie though --but it was fuck-off good-- at the Blake Hotel in Sheff.
Biggest beery regrets: not finding more than the single Mallinson’s beer (at Shakespeare’s) or *any* Hawkshead at all.
The single most important objective of the trip for me was a success: having the Mrs be impressed with Sheffield & environs. Step 1 of secret plan to emigrate thither accomplished.