Yeo Valley Lions Claverham Beer Festival
It's over for another year, and what a lucky time we had. It was our twelfth year so we are quite practiced now, but just listen to the comments we had,
The best Beer Festival we have ever been at
Terrific beers – a great range
We have come from Lincolnshire just for this weekend!
The perfect alternative Festival if you can’t get to Glastonbury!
Miraculously we avoided any rain despite seeing clouds circling our site, and we were able to use our new Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon for The Oakies to entertain an appreciative crowd.
Entertainment is important of course with the Fallen Apples getting us off to an eclectic start on Friday and the DNA Band rocking our socks off on the Saturday evening. We had great fun with The Perfect Cure led by Gill Elliot with some great Irish tunes and the highlight was the Sean Eireann McMahon Irish Dancers. These youngsters dance all over the world and came third in the world championships. It was easy to see why – they were breathtaking.
Of course the main event was the beer, and we had a great selection. The Festival Champion Ale was a local brew Lynx Wildcat from Yeovil Ales. Highly commended were Cheeky Pheasant from George Wright of Merseyside and runner up was Stallion. However nearly all the beers had strong representation from individuals, proving that everyone has a personal taste that probably changes from day to day, but overwhelmingly almost any beer is good when treated well and served fresh!
Thanks are due to all our Sponsors, but especially to our Major Sponsors Stowell Concrete and Bell and Stenton Opticians, our Gold
Sponsor Svenska Handlesbanken, and Silver Sponsors Paul Reilly Building Services Ltd, Urban Flooring Ltd, Ashton Scaffolding Ltd and Weston Seafoods.
The World Spoof Champion was David Wake who played a very subtle competition using the classic 1-6-5 strategy (not often seen these days) and which even runner up Malcolm Porter playing his best options could not counter.
Next years Festival will be the thirsteenth, so we are already planning a presentation of suitably themed beers.
Watch this space.
This site provides you with information on what can be expected at this year's Beer Festival, opening times, what's on and how to buy tickets and last but not least how to find us. You can also find information on where the money raised from last year's festival has been donated.