Dates for Tamworth 2013 Festival:
Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th September
Around 1,300 visitors got stuck into 100 real ales, plus our selection of ciders, perries and bottled beers. As usual we had a few exotic beers, like toffee & ginger, walnut & coffee, but the one causing most amusement was Church End's carrot beer, each glass arriving with a free carrot!
We were blessed this year with a lot of fabulous contenders for beer of the festival, but the final winners were:
Gold: Fubar by the Tiny Rebel Brewing Company
Silver: Meme by Boggart Hole Clough Brewing
Bronze: Black Smock by Stocklinch Ales
We also judged the "darkish real-ale-in-a-bottle" category for West Midlands Beer of the Year competition. It's a blind tasting competition, and we're pleased to note that the Gold & Silver went to Beowulf Brewery for their splendid Dragon Smoke Stout and Finns Hall Porter. We're planning to hold our festival-staff-thank-you at the brewery, so it'll be an ideal opportunity to present the awards!
One innovation this year was a gourmet pork pie stand, hosted by Hartland Pies of Nottingham. Their offerings went down well with punters, and Ian & Luke of Hartland are keen to come back, so we may well see them next year!
One downside of the festival was the soaring temperature inside the hall. Come 2014 there are plans for the venue to be air-conditioned, but for next year we are looking at a hired-in cooling system to make the venue more comfortable.
A total of £660 was raised at the festival in support of CAMRA and St Giles Hospice.
A BIG THANK YOU!
To all our Festival sponsors:
Polesworth Garage 01827 895125
The Drill Inn, Burntwood
Interactive Minds www.boysstuff.co.uk
Packaging GB, Swadlincote www.packaginggb.
Zero One Designs, Tamworth www.zod.uk.com
Wetherspoons The Plaza, Rugeley
Cogsdill, Nuneaton www.cogsdill.co.uk
Croft Consulting, Silver Street, Tamworth 01827 705359
Coates Butchers, Lower Gungate, Tamworth
Jako, Grimsby www.proactiveteamwear.
Tamworth Football Club www.thelambs.co.uk
Tamworth Taxi's, Bell Corner, Tamworth 01827 55595
The Market Vaults, Market Street, Tamworth
The Sir Robert Peel, Lower Gungate, Tamworth
Bolehall Swifts Football Club, Rene Road, Tamworth www.
Ant Barlow Carpentry Services, 01827 65026
Pizza Hut, Aldergate, Tamworth 01827 310544
The Silk Kite, Church Street, Tamworth
Truckles, Lower Gungate, Tamworth
Relish Delicatessen, Church Street, Tamworth
Recru1tment, Two Gates, Tamworth www.recru1tment.com
Solus Coaches, Tamworth 01827 51736