Beer Festival

Liverpool Beer Festival - Ale List

Looking forward to the Liverpool Beer Festival at the Crypt, which starts tomorrow.

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Here is a prettified version of the Beer List from the CAMRA website. Handily fits on to 10 pages (or 5 if you want to save the environment and can mess about with your Print setup).

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New Beery Scrawls

I've had a busy week on the scrawlinghome blog. Following a great weekend at the Caledonia last week I then went on to volunteer at the Liverpool Organic Brewery Beer Festival in Liverpool city centre. The week has therefore led me to write the following three blogs;

Hope you like them!

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Another New Blog!

On Friday whilst looking for blog site names for someone else I came across a nice name for a blog, which no one had taken, so I decided to snaffle it - despite having this website (which I update using Rapidweaver on my Macbook Pro) and another wordpress site (to be used for story writing when not having access to my macbook).

With my fondness for writing and real ale I thought "
Scrawling Home" sounded a great name for an ale blog, so hey presto! Unlike this website, which I need my computer to update, I can update the Scrawling Home site on the hoof with the Wordpress blog app on the phone. Neat!

So charting pubs, ales and crawls whilst on them is very much possible.

Feel free to check it out! So far it has a couple of days from Liverpool and Southport on it...


Waterloo Beer Festival

After working at the St George's Hall Beer Festival last month for Liverpool Organic Brewery I have volunteered to work at the Waterloo Beer Festival on Thursday and Friday this week. Lots of lovely ale and no doubt some nice pies and cheese - and a really lovely venue too! Looking forward to it.


Sunshine & camping at Bishop's Castle

Had a fabulous couple of nights camping at the Daisy Bank camp site about 3.5 miles walk from Bishop's Castle. The site itself was geared up mainly for camper vans and caravans, but was brilliant and I thoroughly recommend it.

After setting up the tent on Friday night we walked into Bishop's Castle across the fields and up over the hill, on a not exactly well trodden path. Thanks to the OS map, a lifeline!

Had a few pints in the Three Tuns and the Boars Head before getting the only taxi back to the campsite - a Latvian guy.

The walk the next day from 10am was a little harder work with the sun making it that bit sweatier. But we got there in the same time and after a late breakfast/early lunch and several pints of water it was time for some of ales on the real ale trail festival. The two CAMRA buses arrived from Liverpool carrying 85 enthusiastic thirsty scousers. Never seen a Liverpool trip with so many knees on show. Shorts and pints all around.

Tremendous Mediterranean weather meant there were (slow) races to any shade that could be found. It was hard work, but worth it. Bishop's Castle festival is always a cracking day out.

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Only downside was the Latvian guy was booked up until 2.15am and so we had to walk back to the campsite along the two A roads. It was scary enough with bends, no lighting and no pavements, but when we found there was a motor rally on at midnight it was pure scary adrenaline! (obviously we made it…).

Bishop's Castle

For several years this weekend always used to be T in the Park for my mates and me. The music there was always really good there. But after several years of trouble at the event, culminating with one of my friends having his ticket nicked and having to go home after half a day, this weekend is now always Bishop's Castle for the real ale festival. Basically swopped troublesome 'wegies and Buckfast tonic bottles for real ale and hog roast baps. Wonderful.

In the past I've always gone down for the Saturday with the coach(es) run by Liverpool CAMRA, but this year for the first time I is going down camping for the weekend! Looking forward for a day and a night of beer and a Sunday recovery stroll in the Shropshire hills. Offa's Dyke? The Ridgeway? Castles, castles, castles?

Whatever, with the weather and beer forecast so good it should be a fab weekend.
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Fine Fyne Fest Festival

Arrived at Fyne Fest at 2pm after the couple of days in Glasgow. Nice drive. And nice to see that the Rest and Be Thankful was open this time!

Set up the tent pretty quickly and was with Jarl in no time!


Sunshine day!

The beers on offer (£1.60 for a half) were all gorgeous. Lots of IPAs and Pale Ales and a few stouts for me. A very happy boy.

The music at the festival was top draw too. Shooglenifty got the whole tent dancing, even me! Okay, it may have been the Jaipur that got me dancing.

Fyne Fest!!

20 Months or so I happened upon Cairndow on the sad occasion of going to my uncle's funeral in Campbeltown. Cairndow was the home of Fyne Ales and I knew I'd go back at some point. It so happens that I was to be up in Scotland for the Neil Young gig in Glasgow on Thursday, so it was providential that their annual FyneFest festival on the banks of Loch Fyne is the same week.

So I've booked a ticket for the festival including camping! Will be my first camping trip of at least four this year, with Glastonbury two weeks later, Bishop's Castle beer festival and End of the Road Festival too. Beer and music. Great combinations without a football in sight!

The Fyne Fest Angus with a pint of Jarl, probably

Liverpool Beer Fest

Had a great time last week at the Liverpool Beer Festival as ever. Lots of fab IPAs and Stouts. Highlight though? Grabbing the photo opportunity with John Aldridge. Class and a Glass!

Today off to Wigan Beer Festival. Only photo opportunity expected is with a pie.