Merton Summer Beer Festival was as good as expected. When the following things are on offer:
Good ciders and perries
Teenagers covering Motorhead's The Ace Of Spades
And better weather than expected
then you know you are onto a winner.
I printed the beer list last week, and worked my way through a fair few of them. My favourites were Custom Special Mild, Marble JP Best and best of all Dark Star Hylder Blonde. The Beer Of The Festival as voted for by the customers was the Marble beer, which is a worthy choice and is testament to the good stuff being brewed by Marble at the moment.
Fellow RateBeerians Mes and Angelo brought along a bottle of Marble Decadence and BrewDog Tokyo to share. These were pretty rich and extravagent Imperial Stouts and went down a treat. Big thanks go to them for that.
There really is something to be said for these small intimate festivals as opposed to the massive CAMRA run ones which seem to be growing year on year. As long as the beer list is carefully chosen and the beer condition good then that's enough for me. That's certainly the case at Merton. I'll be back early next year for the 2009 Winter Fest!