Friday saw the CAMRA presentation to Leyton Orient Supporters Club as CAMRA National Club of the Year for 2008.
This quote was attributed to me on CAMRA's press release ...
Steve Williams, CAMRA Regional Director for Greater London, praised the Club for its services to real ale. He said: ‘To find real ale at a football club, regardless of its condition, is truly rare. Therefore for the Leyton Orient Supporters Club to show this degree of devotion to our national drink is totally unique. When you consider the vast numbers of football fans being converted to real ale it is a true testament to this club's efforts. A worthy winner and an unlikely source of quality real ale.'
I couldn't have put it better myself. Apart from occasional beer festivals the club has five handpumps primed for a usual matchday offering Orient fans over 700 pints of craft brewed beers at £2.30 a pint to drown their usual sorrows.
My favourite quote which has been worked to death is that if only their football team was as good as their bar, Leyton Orient would be Premier League !
This presentation coincided with a mini beer festival which although there were only about 20 beers they were all what you might call "rare". A tickers delight.
An enjoyable end to a busy week.