The popular Beer on the Wye festival is held every July on the banks of the River Wye in Hereford. 2010 was the sixth festival and after the beer ran out twice last year resulting in the festival finishing a day early, the organisers were better prepared. That said, ale and cider fans made a big dent in the 125 ales and 70 ciders on the Friday session. I attended the Saturday session and there was still plenty to choose from.
The venue consists of a huge marquee with ales on one side, ciders, perries and foreign beers on the other with a stage at the end for the musical acts. Outside there is a large seating next to the river which is perfect when the sun is out. On the other side of the marquee is a much larger area that includes a variety of food stalls. There aren’t any seats available in this area so if you either have to sit on the grass, bring your own seating or arrive early to get a seat by the river.
The majority of beers were reasonably priced (around £1.50 a half) although some of the stronger ales were a little on the expensive side, e.g. £1.90 for a half of a 7.2% beer and £2.50 a third for the 15.5% Farrier’s Ale from the Shoes brewery. Despite the price of the Farrier’s Ale I had to try some. Last year it weighed in at around 14.7% and ended up in the grass, this year I did manage to drink it all. Initially it tasted a bit like vodka but got better the more I drank!
I didn’t catch the prices of the ciders but the foriegn bottles were very reasonably priced costing between around £2.50 and £3. They were mainly from Europe but did have a few from the US (e.g. Brooklyn Brown Ale and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA) and Lion Heart Stout from Jamaica.
Hereford Rowing Club
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