Review of the 2011 Backwell Beer Festival

This annual event held this year at the Backwell Village Club between 17th and 21st November is an absolute must for real ale and cider lovers.  Proceeds were in aid of children’s charity bibic.

The festival has a warm friendly atmosphere and organiser Martyn carefully selects a good range of beers and ciders.  This year entertainment was provided by Richard Bloom on Friday – a very talented guitarist who placed a great set. The band performing on Saturday was Time Out and they also received a good response from a lively crowd..

There were around 25 beers to suit every taste, from “yellow” beers, IPAs to dark stouts.  There were some well-known beers from local brewers such as Butcombe Brunel IPA and some rarer treats from the likes of Arbor, Bristol Beer Factory, Bath Ales and RCH. Beers from Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall were also well represented.  I particularly enjoyed Studland Bay Wrecked (4.5%) from the Isle of Purbeck Brewery, a deep red amber ale that was malty and full-flavoured.  Exmoor Dark (4.2%) also stood out with malty chocolate, fruitiness and a slight sweetness.

For cider lovers there were 9 available from local producers.  Teresa’s favourite was Heck’s Port of Glastonbury, a 6.5% medium dry amber cider.

All beers, ciders and food were purchased using tokens and drinks were priced at a very reasonable £2 per pint.  There was a barbecue on the Friday evening with a choice of burgers or sausages at  just £1.  Pasties were available on the Saturday.

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