Going to a beer festival is a bit like a taking a test as much cross-referencing in the catalogue is required to read about the different beers. But it makes it more fun and you get to chat to the staff and swop feedback with other customers.
I tasted/tested/supped some lovely ales (avoiding lagers and stouts) and can report that of the ten I tried (calm down; these were little 1/3 pint glasses and I was with a friend!) my favourites were Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar (from USA), and Schönramer Dunkel, St. Bernardus ABT and St. Bernardus Blanche (all German).
There are also spirits, cocktails and even alcoholic iced tea available plus a few tempting food stalls.
It was such a shame that the weather kept the punters away as earlier in the day we'd enjoyed lazing about on the grass and listening to the live music.
So, wet already, we went for a stroll in the rain around the Thames Path all the way to Greenwich....
|Top: the event itself looking damp and grey|
Middle: Pic1 in places The Thames Path around the O2 feels like a prison enclosure. Pic2 the most 'interesting' cladding on the peninsula. Pic3 a view of the Dangleway (prob not the best day to get a good view!). Pic4 intrepid dome walkers on the roof of the O2 (again, prob not the best day for it!)
Bottom: Pic1 it's art Jim, but not as we know it. WTF is it supposed to be?! Pic2 birds on the foreshore. Pic3 why? do they? Pic4 view to the Isle of Dogs