DORKING BEER FESTIVAL 2014 - 16 & 17 May
The Dorking 2014 Beer festival, 16th and 17th May, came to Friends Life, in Pixham Lane, Dorking, under the watchful eye of organiser Anneliese Cameron, from the Surrey Craft Beer organisation. With over 800 imbibers and more than 2,800 pints sold in the two days, the festival was an undoubted success.
Anneliese told Beer-Searcher that the festival exceeded all expectations and it was great to see such a diverse mix of people enjoying themselves. She went on to say that “it was clearly something that the local community bought into”.
Surrey Craft Beers had cleverly identified a wealth of quality ales brewed locally, many from award-winning micro and nano-brewers, where brewing is both a passion and an art. It was just these Breweries that could be brought together for a festival that would welcome ale and cider drinkers of all ages and gender.
The weather was not to disappoint, as the sun flashed among the 'tumble of beer glasses' with the keg hammer forever busy tapping in new brews.
Brews that embraced local history - fermenting from Engine Sheds, Vineyards, Old Barns, and even a 'Hogs Back'!
We heard of Weird Beard's Fade to Black (abv 6.3%), Tillingbournes 'The Source' (abv 3.3%), There was 'Little Snug' from Little Beer Brewery and Brightwater's 'Top Notch' (abv 3.6%) or was it Dorking's own Brewery that hit the mark with 'Ceres' (abv 4.6%). A refreshing wheat beer that hints of banana on the nose with gooseberry mango and peach flavours. All beers exhibited can be currently found at surreycraftbeer.co.uk and from Beer-Searcher’s quick beer listing.
To paint a picture of a more idyllic setting for a festival than the manicured lawns of Friends Life, whilst sitting in the shadow of Box Hill, is an almost impossible task. Add to that all the ingredients - the best Conisbee burgers, their 'snack-box'. A selection, indeed a showcase of 22 beers, ciders and perry's, a faultless and amicable supporting staff and the afternoon or evening’s entertainment was guaranteed. Surrey Craft Beer were keen to support The Brain Tumour Charity over the two days of the festival, and enthusiastic Scalextric Drivers were permitted to drink and drive, as leaderboard trophies were battled out to achieve the fastest time.
Future festivals are in the pipeline and with such an encouraging attendance, Surrey Craft can certainly consider this festival a success if not 'Top Notch'...
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