The Navigation Tavern benefits from it's proximity to the railway station and it's tranquil canal-side setting and should certainly be putting on festivals with more regularity. Beers at all three were served nice and cool which is not always the case at many festivals when the temperatures start to rise.
As for favourite ales, bearing in mind I probably sampled less than 20% of what was available this weekend, I've picked just one from each that I'd certainly want to enjoy again and again.
Hall Bower: A difficult choice to make here with both specially commissioned beers ranking very highly, but I have the superb Mallinsons just edging out the Clarkes.
Navigation Tavern: A limited choice by Sunday but the Cains Sundowner was tailor-made for the weather and in fine condition.
The Star: Well it took some waiting for but the much anticipated Chocolate Chilli from Marble rounded off a truly wonderful weekend's festival-going.
Some tasting notes to follow.