Yesterday Milnsbridge Socialist Club in Bankwell Rd, opened its doors to its second beer festival. This time the beers had a nautical theme. I was very impressed by their first attempt so it seemed sensible to check this festival out too.
Free admission and beer at £2.80 a pint seemed a good start. There were only 10 beers on however, compared with 16 at the first festival (there were 2 further ones to follow over the weekend but were not ready in time for opening). There were 4 from Nelson brewery, 2 each from Storm of Macclesfield (that well known seaside resort !), Milton from Cambridge, and one each from Navigation and Amber. Some of the nautical connections were a bit tenuous but the beer was generally good.
The Milton 'Bondi' a 3.7% pale ale, had plenty of flavour for a low strength beer, as did the Storm 'Gale Pale' at 4.3%. For the more conservative beer drinker Navigation 'Traditional' was a decent version of a standard bitter. Nelson provided a mild and a porter, but their best beer in my opinion was the honey infused 'Jammin Jack'. The missing beers being Titanic 'Deck Chair' and a Geeves 6% offering.
If seafood is your thing then reasonably priced prawns, mussels, cockles and crab sticks could accompany your pint.
Maybe not the best beer range in the world but an interesting selection to while away a couple of hours. Should you want to visit, the festival runs from 11am each day over the weekend through till Monday evening.