We fear no beer: Punters flock to Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival

CHEERS: Shelley Gunnell, left, and Kate Wood at the Worcester Beer Festival 2014. Picture by Nick Toogood. 3214671201

CHEERS: Shelley Gunnell, left, and Kate Wood at the Worcester Beer Festival 2014. Picture by Nick Toogood. 3214671201

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BEER, cider and perry was ready to flow freely last night as organisers prepared for Worcester's hugely popular beer festival and customers looked forward to savouring the perfect pint.

The Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival at Worcester Racecourse opened at 5pm last night as organisers said the set-up had gone smoothly.

Bill Ottaway, the co-organiser, said the aim this year was not to run out of beer on Saturday evening after some were left disappointed last year.

He said: "We want to make sure we're still open until 10pm on Saturday. It is going to be interesting to see how the strike card works."

Other changes to the 15th CAMRA festival this year include the use of a strike card instead of the more familiar token system which Mr Ottaway said was 'a bit of an experiment' although he hopes it will make things easier for customers and volunteers.

Although they have 190 ales this year rather than the 200 last year he said that means more of each ale, reducing the range slightly but keeping the quantity up. Certain beers are not available until Saturday as organisers try and better manage the high demand.

Mr Ottaway said: "I would say the festival has already put Worcester on the map. I hope people can leave having had a fantastic time and our volunteers aren't too knackered."

Music last night came in the form of the Haunted Souls and the Retrophonics and Come Together as the crowds can enjoy folk and country sounds, covers and popular songs from the 60s to today.

Tickets can be bought online (worcesterbeerfest.org.uk) or in advance through Worcester Live at at the Huntingdon Hall​ Box Office (01905 611427), in person at the Worcester Live Box Office at Huntingdon Hall in CrownGate Shopping Centre, Worcester. The Worcester Live Box Office only sell 'entry only' tickets. If you wish to buy strike cards as part of your entry then these packages are only available online.

You can also pay cash on the door if there are any tickets remaining for that day.

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12:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Perfman says...

"Bill Ottaway, the co-organiser, said the aim this year was not to run out of beer on Saturday evening after some were left disappointed last year."

Great but its was the same last year, the year before and the year before and you get the picture. The demand is there but the supply chain has been lacking for years. Lets hope they get it right this year :)
"Bill Ottaway, the co-organiser, said the aim this year was not to run out of beer on Saturday evening after some were left disappointed last year." Great but its was the same last year, the year before and the year before and you get the picture. The demand is there but the supply chain has been lacking for years. Lets hope they get it right this year :) Perfman
  • Score: 11

8:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

uncivil says...

Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that.
Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that. uncivil
  • Score: -17

8:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Perfman says...

uncivil wrote:
Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that.
You need a lager fest!
[quote][p][bold]uncivil[/bold] wrote: Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that.[/p][/quote]You need a lager fest! Perfman
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Tobster says...

Perfman wrote:
uncivil wrote:
Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that.
You need a lager fest!
Lager? That's a generous description!
[quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uncivil[/bold] wrote: Wont find me there again. Last year asked for a pint of Fosters, can't belive they didn't have any. What kind of a beer festival is that.[/p][/quote]You need a lager fest![/p][/quote]Lager? That's a generous description! Tobster
  • Score: 5

3:03am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe.
Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe. Jabbadad
  • Score: -13

12:50pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Perfman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe.
As typified by the picture of two lovely ladies with full pint glasses!
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe.[/p][/quote]As typified by the picture of two lovely ladies with full pint glasses! Perfman
  • Score: 3

2:43pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Andy_R says...

Perfman wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe.
As typified by the picture of two lovely ladies with full pint glasses!
Worcester News have obviously cropped out the pipes in their other hands, so as not to promote smoking.
[quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Yes you need to go for Half Pint glasses and Flat Traditional Ales with bits floating . Oh and probably smoke a pipe.[/p][/quote]As typified by the picture of two lovely ladies with full pint glasses![/p][/quote]Worcester News have obviously cropped out the pipes in their other hands, so as not to promote smoking. Andy_R
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Bobsinpe says...

The Worcester Beer ,Cider & Perry festival this year was fantastic! Lots of people enjoying themselves with no trouble.
The Worcester Beer ,Cider & Perry festival this year was fantastic! Lots of people enjoying themselves with no trouble. Bobsinpe
  • Score: 5

9:43am Sun 10 Aug 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Amazing what you can do with Photoshop - the original picture was of two bearded men dressed an anoraks and sandals (with socks) smoking pipes and spouting incomprehensible jargon about hops and malt!
Amazing what you can do with Photoshop - the original picture was of two bearded men dressed an anoraks and sandals (with socks) smoking pipes and spouting incomprehensible jargon about hops and malt! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 3

3:33pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Tobster says...

Who were the band last (Saturday) night? They were just awesome and I'd say too good for the venue.

I saw Eric Clapton live in 2006 and he played J.J.Cale's 'Cocaine' then. These guys rendition was actually better! Their stab at 'Before You Accuse Me' was impressive too, very original style.

They more than made up for the appalling karaoke man that was on before them!
Who were the band last (Saturday) night? They were just awesome and I'd say too good for the venue. I saw Eric Clapton live in 2006 and he played J.J.Cale's 'Cocaine' then. These guys rendition was actually better! Their stab at 'Before You Accuse Me' was impressive too, very original style. They more than made up for the appalling karaoke man that was on before them! Tobster
  • Score: 1

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