After a slow start on the Thursday, 6,500 thirsty punters passed through the gates, a 20% increase on last year and a total of 12,000 visited over the three days, beating last year’s total of 11,000.
The festival-goers downed a total of around 50,000 during the festival, 5,000 more than last year. As the festival usually has a large selection of beer and cider, they managed to have enough to last all three days.
The festival is held at the racecourse in the west of the city and about a 10 minute walk from Worcester Foregate Station.
A sizeable main tent holds contains all of the beer and cider, the usual CAMRA stalls and plenty of seating, perhaps more than you usually find at a beer festival. Outside is a music large tent and lots more seating and space to sit on the grass should it be dry (see last year’s review).
With over 200 beers and over 100 cides available it makes the festival one of the largest in the country. A wide range of beers were available from breweries across the country and featured a few rarities such as Fullers Golden Pride, which isn’t commonly available in casks, and a 11% imperial Russian stout from Wadworth.
Favourties of mine included Dark Star Seville, the first fruit beer from Dark Star and made with Seville oranges, and a delicious espresso stout from Summer Wine Brewery.
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