The 'Champions Bar' will feature such greats as Fullers ESB, Coniston Bluebird, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted though several visits may be needed to connect with your favourites.
A sample of the lesser known brews revealed a star in the making from the four year old Stationhouse Brewery of Frodsham in Cheshire. Their delicious 1st Lite was a wonderous rollercoaster of juicy fruit and malt culminating in a breathtaking long dry finish - one of the most 'together' beers I've tried in a long time.
George Wright's Pipe Dream would be another contender for beer of the festival again featuring plenty of fruit and a long lingering finish. On the dark side the ubiquitous Leeds Brewery has it's excellent Midnight Bell up for grabs whilst the ludicrously satisfying Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild will certainly not go the distance! (map)
Apologies for the lack of photos on this assignment - thought I'd packed a camera but hadn't!