With a winter and summer festival firmly in place to cover the thirst quenchers of Sunny Colch, these Beer Festivals in Britain’s Oldest Recorded seem to come round quicker than the time it takes to get served in some poncey West End bars.
Opening on Bank Holiday Tuesday [blimey] and running all the way through until Saturday 9th June, the event almost encompasses the whole of the summer season itself. You’ll need a stiff drink come the end of the six-day run, just to recover.
Lovers of light ale (you sure?) can look forward to 140 different real ales, ciders and perry. Plus @ColCAMRA is not all about beardy weirdies with beer bellies – the refined touch comes from the lovely addition of the finest wines known to humanity, as made at the nearby Mersea Island Vineyard.
There is also a Belgium Beer bar, for any boozers that are feeling particularly bracing. At the other end of the spectrum is the wonderfully thought out offer of free soft drinks for any designated drivers. A hog roast will be available from 6pm each day as well.
Ahh, but once you’ve had your beer, wild boar and packet of pork scratchings, what of the company?
You couldn’t wish of a more charming, opening and truly inclusive hyperlocal gathering than the @ColCAMRA Beer Festival. Although not yet confirmed – these things never are – expect a *shhh* Sunny Colch tweet up [URGH] to probably take place around 2pm-ish on the Saturday afternoon.
For those of you think that is all sounds a little weird meeting up with folk with whom you’ve only exchanged a 140 character or less online conversation – RELAX, they’re a lovely, lovely lot.
Many new hyperlocal friendships, informal networks and even collaborations have come out of these in the past. They haven’t been of the p*** artist variety, either.
Entry to the @ColCAMRA Beer Festival is FREE to card-carrying CAMRA Members, and also FREE to others between noon – 3pm, £3.00 thereafter. Accompanied children are welcome until 6.30pm. Full wheelchair access is available.
Always drink sensibly; always smile and socialise with fellow folk from Sunny Colch.