Beer lovers flock to the 29th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival

Essex County Standard: Beer lovers flock to the 29th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival Beer lovers flock to the 29th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival

ALE lovers have flocked to Colchester this week for the town’s annual beer festival.

The 29th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival began on Wednesday, with more than 120 beers on offer.

The festival is being held at Colchester Arts Centre, in Church Street, and finishes tomorrow night (Saturday).

Alan Wareham, chairman of the Colchester and North East Essex Camra group, said: “It is going very well. We had a very good opening day.

“The beer is selling very well.

“The weather is not fantastic, so there is not much in the way of al fresco drinking, but hopefully it will brighten up.

“We hope people will come in and pick up our local guide so they can go out and try real ales in pubs around the town.”

On Tuesday, traders got a sneak preview of the event before it opened to the public.

The beer festival, which also offers a range of ciders and wines, is raising money for the British Legion.

See today's Gazette for a full picture spread.

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9:49pm Fri 30 May 14

Plausible Deniability says...

I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes.
But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop.
The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones.
then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out.
advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival.
Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts.
I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though?
I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes. But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop. The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones. then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out. advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival. Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts. I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though? Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -19

7:54am Sat 31 May 14

jamest says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes.
But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop.
The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones.
then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out.
advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival.
Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts.
I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though?
We're all doomed! Doomed I tell you!!
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes. But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop. The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones. then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out. advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival. Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts. I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though?[/p][/quote]We're all doomed! Doomed I tell you!! jamest
  • Score: -4

8:39am Sat 31 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes.
But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop.
The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones.
then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out.
advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival.
Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts.
I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though?
Have you actually been to a beer festival recently?

For a start you'll find a mixed of age groups - there is even a "Young Members" bar. The events are well run with no need for security (I've never heard as much as a raised voice at at CAMRA festival. There are beers from all over all with their own taste and character and the atmosphere is great.

As for the event schedule's increasing - not at all. Has been the same format for many years.

The people that run and volunteer these festivals are passionate about good quality beer - not the fizzy wifebeating stuff you buy at Tesco.

I understand it might not be you thing, but accusing people that attend these events of being alcoholics in the making is neither accurate or fair!
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: I dont mind punters doing this sort of thing my dad had a thing for beer 13 pints a day of it sometimes. But this sort of thing is just anther encouragement to p*ss your face off. I mean one a day leads to two, then so and so on it just does not stop. The good old beer belly forms on most of them, the guy in the photo he is one of the lucky ones. then your water works gets fu*ked up and the NHS has to bail you out. advertising this stuff is nearly as bad as promoting a smoking festival. Please i like the stuff myself but keep it to yourself, im fed up with youngsters asking fr a shandy when i go out, that leads to lager tops, then the trouble starts. I know kIlljoy...better than getting killed though?[/p][/quote]Have you actually been to a beer festival recently? For a start you'll find a mixed of age groups - there is even a "Young Members" bar. The events are well run with no need for security (I've never heard as much as a raised voice at at CAMRA festival. There are beers from all over all with their own taste and character and the atmosphere is great. As for the event schedule's increasing - not at all. Has been the same format for many years. The people that run and volunteer these festivals are passionate about good quality beer - not the fizzy wifebeating stuff you buy at Tesco. I understand it might not be you thing, but accusing people that attend these events of being alcoholics in the making is neither accurate or fair! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 19

9:32am Sat 31 May 14

The-Professionals says...

Hicks
You just admitted in a Freudian way -

1. Young members bar,that's where it starts..

2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence".
The point is rested at that.
Hicks You just admitted in a Freudian way - 1. Young members bar,that's where it starts.. 2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence". The point is rested at that. The-Professionals
  • Score: -21

10:28am Sat 31 May 14

Nom De Plume says...

The-Professionals wrote:
Hicks
You just admitted in a Freudian way -

1. Young members bar,that's where it starts..

2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence".
The point is rested at that.
One would say that was a bit of a Hicks Up?

sorry hiccup.
[quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: Hicks You just admitted in a Freudian way - 1. Young members bar,that's where it starts.. 2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence". The point is rested at that.[/p][/quote]One would say that was a bit of a Hicks Up? sorry hiccup. Nom De Plume
  • Score: -3

2:25pm Sat 31 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

The-Professionals wrote:
Hicks
You just admitted in a Freudian way -

1. Young members bar,that's where it starts..

2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence".
The point is rested at that.
You need to get out more.
[quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: Hicks You just admitted in a Freudian way - 1. Young members bar,that's where it starts.. 2. Contributory to "Domestic Violence". The point is rested at that.[/p][/quote]You need to get out more. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 8

3:12pm Sat 31 May 14

BlueArmy01 says...

Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!!
Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!! BlueArmy01
  • Score: 10

4:12pm Sat 31 May 14

Plausible Deniability says...

BlueArmy01 wrote:
Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!!
Yes of course i totally agree with you.
By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'?
There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think.
Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny.
You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne.
No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this.
Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last.
[quote][p][bold]BlueArmy01[/bold] wrote: Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!![/p][/quote]Yes of course i totally agree with you. By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'? There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think. Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny. You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne. No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this. Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -12

12:21am Sun 1 Jun 14

Boris says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
BlueArmy01 wrote:
Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!!
Yes of course i totally agree with you.
By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'?
There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think.
Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny.
You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne.
No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this.
Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last.
Not everybody drives, so your remark about 2.6 pints being over the legal limit for driving is irrelevant. if you are teetoal then come out and say it. But moderate drinking such as 2.6 pints now and again is just fine, provided the person does not then drive.
Sorry to hear about your dad being an alcoholic, it explains why you are so against it, but not all of us have the misfortune to be alcoholics.
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueArmy01[/bold] wrote: Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!![/p][/quote]Yes of course i totally agree with you. By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'? There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think. Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny. You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne. No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this. Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last.[/p][/quote]Not everybody drives, so your remark about 2.6 pints being over the legal limit for driving is irrelevant. if you are teetoal then come out and say it. But moderate drinking such as 2.6 pints now and again is just fine, provided the person does not then drive. Sorry to hear about your dad being an alcoholic, it explains why you are so against it, but not all of us have the misfortune to be alcoholics. Boris
  • Score: 9

3:17am Sun 1 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

Yes understandable mr boris and point taken
what was the need for heavyweight security there yesterday then?
if their all so amenable and in a controlled environment,
i don't mind real ale my brother drinks a lot of it
but he always over does it and it has lead to over consumption
he is stable no probs good life well rounded.
Yes understandable mr boris and point taken what was the need for heavyweight security there yesterday then? if their all so amenable and in a controlled environment, i don't mind real ale my brother drinks a lot of it but he always over does it and it has lead to over consumption he is stable no probs good life well rounded. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -1

10:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
BlueArmy01 wrote:
Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!!
Yes of course i totally agree with you.
By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'?
There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think.
Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny.
You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne.
No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this.
Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last.
Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueArmy01[/bold] wrote: Just shy of a Thousand visitors yesterday to the Beer Festival - each drinking on average 2.6 pints during their visit. Hardly Bingeing, is it?? Or likely to be the start of any slippery slope?? Just seems like an ill informed moan - The Beer Festival is a Controlled environment where folks aren't allowed to "Pi** their face off", as so eloquently put by PD - but a chance to sample lots of different Ales & Ciders that aren't often available in our local pubs and support the Great British tradition of Brewing! To their credit, most pubs are also a controlled environment where people can drink and socialise. Any responsibilities with over indulgence and "Slippery Slopes" should lie with Supermarkets, selling Cheap Take Away Booze for folks to either pre-load on and then still be served by irresponsible licensees in the Town Centre, or "Pi** their faces off" in the comfort of their own living rooms!! I quite expect the "PC" Health Nazis to target the "evil drink" now that Tobacco consumption is on the slide, but there is definitely a place in this world for responsible Pub Landlords/ladies plus Beer Festivals, all of whom encourage responsible consumption! Minimum unit pricing owuld have helped...but that's awhole different ball game!![/p][/quote]Yes of course i totally agree with you. By any chance were you under the influence when writing that tome'? There is no such thing as responsible drinking and 2.6 pints is over the legal limit for driving i think. Seeing my father being detoxed at £150 a bag for a saline drip feed in hospital between 3 to 5 bags per day was NOT very funny. You carry on friend good propaganda, go tell your story again to George Bests family or Paul Gascoigne. No cigarette advertising on Formula 1 (YesI do get out more thank you) No beer and alcohol advertising on campaigns like this. Have one on me, lets hope you will see sense and it will be your last.[/p][/quote]Idiot. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

12:48am Wed 11 Jun 14

MooGirl says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
Yes understandable mr boris and point taken
what was the need for heavyweight security there yesterday then?
if their all so amenable and in a controlled environment,
i don't mind real ale my brother drinks a lot of it
but he always over does it and it has lead to over consumption
he is stable no probs good life well rounded.
Right, just to give you a small 'heads up" the security were there as a licencing condition. They not only supply security but also help manage attendance numbers, help to evacuate in the case of emergency and are first aid trained. They are professionals who love working the festival as there is never any trouble. The gentleman I guess you are talking about is very rarely on doors as his skills are more specialist. He also is a lovely man to talk to and he knows the business extremely well. And yes, your dad was an idiot. So was mine. But I don't begrudge anyone the chance to enjoy good ale, in good company, in a well organised festival.
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: Yes understandable mr boris and point taken what was the need for heavyweight security there yesterday then? if their all so amenable and in a controlled environment, i don't mind real ale my brother drinks a lot of it but he always over does it and it has lead to over consumption he is stable no probs good life well rounded.[/p][/quote]Right, just to give you a small 'heads up" the security were there as a licencing condition. They not only supply security but also help manage attendance numbers, help to evacuate in the case of emergency and are first aid trained. They are professionals who love working the festival as there is never any trouble. The gentleman I guess you are talking about is very rarely on doors as his skills are more specialist. He also is a lovely man to talk to and he knows the business extremely well. And yes, your dad was an idiot. So was mine. But I don't begrudge anyone the chance to enjoy good ale, in good company, in a well organised festival. MooGirl
  • Score: 0

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