A helper at the Mytchett Beer Festival, held at the Mytchett Community Centre over the Easter weekend, told me that the Festival has been revived by the new centre manager – Lee Willock – after a gap of 15 years. What I say is well done Lee. A terrific initiative, and very well organised too.
On Saturday we walked past a queue of customers waiting patiently for the doors to open to the main hall at 12.0 midday. Drawing the first official pint of the Festival, I was delighted to announce doors open.
I chose Andwells Gold Muddler as the cask from which to draw the first beer. I can’t proffer any science to the choice, other than I liked the name, and it was the cask in the middle of one of the rows of beers. I don’t know if it’s true to say that the first beer of the day is the nicest, but this was a delightful fresh tasting beer, with a slight citrus taste, which is just how the brewery describe the taste.
The Festival had 24 cask beers and 4 varieties of cider to sample [click the image to enlarge and see the beers]. There were three beers from Hogs Back Brewery, a personal favourite. A great brewery, and their T.E.A [Traditional English Ale] is my favourite beer. I tried a number of other beers [mind you, in small quantities], and found some with a strong hop bitterness that’s not to my taste. But, in chatting to committed drinkers, I found my choices not to be in the majority.
We both could have stayed all afternoon as the burgers and chips were also of a high standard, but at the potential sacrifice of some Mayoral decorum if I’d continued my tasting.
I hope the event was a success. I imagine it was. It’s good that Surrey Heath now has its own beer festival to counter the huge and successful Woking Beer Festival, which offers over 75 beers.