20,257 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
Beer on the Wye hits the target again
The 10th to 12th July saw the eleventh Beer on the Wye back at its popular riverside location in Hereford breaking records again. Record attendances were achieved on both the Saturday and Sunday: the site being declared ‘full’ for a couple of hours for the first time ever on the Saturday evening, and more than double the number of people attended the Sunday Family Fun session (pictured) compared to 2014. It was quite some do!
With 142 different cask beers and 135 different draught ciders and perries on the bars, added to the World Beers and bottled ciders, in total 20,257 pints of beer, cider and perry were consumed over the three-day weekend - no doubt helped by some reasonable dry weather.
|CAMRA WEST MIDLANDS PERRY WINNERS|
|1||Oliver’s (Ocle Pychard)||Thorn|
|2||Gregg’s Pitt (Much Marcle)||Blakeney Butt Oldfield|
|3||Orgasmic Parton (Eardisley)||Parton|
|The next places were taken by (4) Marches; (5) Ross-on-Wye; (6 equal) Malvern Magic and Cleeve Orchard|
The Cider Bar even featured on BBC Midlands Today, when their reporter, Louisa Currie, went live on air from the festival marquee on the Friday evening. There to cover our cider and perry duty campaign, the BBC report highlighted the threat posed to many of our local small producers by an EU Tax Directive that may ultimately cost them thousands of Pounds each year. Over 400 names were added to a petition due to be presented at 10 Downing Street on September 15th.
DATE YOUR DIARY: Beer on the Wye XII returns to the riverside over the weekend of the 8th to 10th July 2016.