A busy diary last week did not afford a visit to the London Drinker beer festival but I did manage to take a trip to the seaside yesterday for the festival at Hove.
A beer festival would normally pass without comment with one or two beers on the list being from favourite breweries leaving one out on a limb to choose from the vast choice of other less known micros.
Something about Hove was different. Every beer I tasted was from one of the really outstanding microbreweries that have broken away from the pack in recent years.
I tried beers from Dark Star, Brewdog, Crouch Vale, Elland, Marble, Roosters, Saltaire and Thornbridge Breweries.
There were too many to try. Beers from Kelham Island, Oakham, Otley, Roosters, Pictish and Surrey Hills had to go begging.
A great list and a great day polished off with a couple in the Evening Star and one for the road in the Lord Nelson.
I find that beer at a beer festival is more enjoyable when you drink beers from favourite breweries rather than leaving it in the lap of the gods ticking off new beers from new breweries.
This list includes pretty much every one of today's great micro-breweries. Are there any missing ?