Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 19 – The Good, The Bad and The Beer List

What a week.  I’d forgotten just how crazy it can get because I only experience it once a year, fortunately.   This week’s main tasks were to finish the beer order, the beer list and tasting notes and make the final edits to the programme.  It sounds relatively straightforward in theory but not quite so in practice.   Monday started with a local brewery returning […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 18

I’ve just put the final touches to the beer list for this year’s festival.  It’s now an anxious period for me while I wait for them all to arrive.  Beers are always subject to change as you probably know if you came last year.   Unfortunately, a number of breweries have run into recent production problems which means Grafton’s Apricot Jungle, Yorkshire Brewing’s Dunkel Weiss […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 17

Things are progressing for this year’s festival.  If you’ve seen our posters or flyers you’ll know that:   The venue is booked and the layout is being finalised as Strutts have had some new toilets installed and room 10 has been renovated The bands are booked and stage times agreed The caterer is in place with the full range of their foods currently being discussed […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 16

Part 16: Reflections   Now that the dust has settled on last year’s event I’ve taken time to reflect on the experience in some detail.  On the most part things went well despite quite a few hiccups during set up but I feel we were able to overcome these to make the event enjoyable and a success. As well as the early delivery problem which […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 15

Part 15: The Beginning is the End is the Beginning?   And so our journey continues.  We may have started this chapter in our festival history with failure but I’d like to think our resolve and determination steered us on to greater things.  It might sound weird but all the heartache and failure at Alfreton made the enjoyment and success of last year’s festival at […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 14

Part 14: The Heat Is On   The last part of setup is done all day Wednesday and Thursday morning. This includes setting up the bars, the glasses and tokens stand, tombola, membership stand, organising the signage (we use over 100 signs), wristbands, tokens, cask end labels etc, etc. Please follow and like us:

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 13

Part 13 Setup & Deliveries   At our festival, setup starts with the collection of equipment from Mansfield CAMRA’s container.  As a relatively new branch we have little in the way of our own equipment and so virtually all of it is borrowed from other branches with nearly all of it coming from Mansfield and Ashfield Branch.  In return for loan of the equipment we […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 12

Part 12: Staffing   With the beer list and programme out of the way there is usually about 2 weeks left before the festival and my main focus turns to staff recruitment.  I’m not one for being stuck behind a bar all night so I volunteered to be the Assistant Staffing Officer at our second festival and then took over the reigns as the main […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 11

Part 11: The Trials and Tribulations of a Beer Orderer Continued   One major misconception seems to be that you can get whatever beers you want from whatever breweries you want.  This couldn’t be further from the truth; you are restricted to who will deliver direct to you and who your wholesaling breweries swap with or can arrange to swap with.  There are some breweries […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 10

Part 10: The Trials and Tribulations of a Beer Orderer   A much debated topic at our planning meetings (and I expect at most other festivals) is the beer list.   Everyone involved has an opinion about what breweries and beers should or should not be included or would like their own favourite beers to be put on year after year.  We have to remember […]

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