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Ulverston Beer Festival 2019

                                      Organiser’s Retrospective View

         This is a look back on the Furness    so that goes through to the National
         CAMRA’s 31st Beer Festival, which was  Finals.
         held at the Coronation Hall on Sept 5 -7
         this year. If you have never been     We also run a “Beer of the Festival”
         involved in a beer festival you will have  which is voted for by our customers. We
         no idea of the amount of dedication and  had a lot of sheets completed with lots
         hard work that goes into making it a  of beer scoring done and the winner
         success. This year was no exception as  was Leap, by Wander Beyond, a 9.5%
         we had a great team of people working  Imperial Stout, which was a KeyKeg !!
         together, all bringing their own special  The first beer to run out was Idaho
         skills to the party to make the festival  Sunshine from South Lakes Brewery
         the success it was.                   here in Ulverston.
         The planning starts in April when we  This year our chosen charity was St
         have to book the hall (actually booked  Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston and with
         in September) organise insurance,     the raffle (Big thanks
         licences, first aid, van hire, security,  to Ulverston Brewing
         publicity, food suppliers, marketing,  Co for supplying the
         PAT* testing etc, etc. As the festival  prizes) and the
         approaches we have then to service    collection buckets
         equipment, order all the beer and cider  you raised £500
         (over 100 this year), write the Beer List  which is a great
         and get it printed. Then the Monday   result.
         before the festival begins it really gets
         busy as we have to bring all the      Have just set our first
         equipment from our lock-up, lay down  meeting for January,
         plastic sheeting to protect the floor,  as we have decided
         erect the stillage, take delivery of all the  to go for a new logo
         beer, install it on the stillage, vent the  next year. And so it
         casks, set up the coolers and the “tent”  all begins again.
         to keep the beer cool, hopefully by 5pm
         so that the beer will settle and be ready
         to serve by Thursday afternoon.
         Tuesday and Wednesday are also busy
         getting everything else sorted ready for                   Dave Wilson - Beer
         opening on Thursday afternoon                              Festival Organiser
         We tried a few new things this year with                   (Would you buy a
         a different layout to front of house,                      used Beer Festival
         professional security staff to ensure                      off this person?)
         peace of mind for ourselves and our
         customers and new catering suppliers,                      Just in case you
                                                                    were wondering
         all of which went well.
                                                                    what on earth Dave
         Unknown to most, we had a selection                        is wearing, the
         panel for Champion Beer of Britain,                        theme of this year’s
         Speciality Ale section for our region at                   Laurel and Hardy
         the festival. The 7 beers tasted were                      statue decoration
         ordered just as beers for the festival so                  was ‘Sons of the
         the suppliers did not know it was being                    Desert’.
         tasted. The winner was Tarn Hows,
         Blueberry, Vanilla and Oatmeal Stout
                                                           * testing the electrical equipment

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