Last week would normally have been the week of the Manchester Beer Festival. In its unfortunate absence this year, my mind has wandered back to some of the beer festivals I have visited over the years. I have also thrown in a potted history of the beer festival as I see it and a few thoughts for the future for no extra charge, so off you go....
|All the fun of the Festival: Manchester 2020|
|Bradford Beer Festival|
|The long-demolished Queen's Hall, Leeds|
|Helping local causes: Bailiff Bridge Beer Festival|
|Manchester Beer Week: Underneath the arches at the Track Brewery tap|
And so what of the future for the beer festival? Once we move on from the pandemic will there be a desire for them? The cost, the time to organise, likely increased insurance charges, the ease with which crowdfunding for a cause can be organised online, potential inertia from a public that has grown accustomed to drinking at home and not going out, there could be many factors mitigating against the beer festival as it was.
|Happy customers at Wigan Beer Festival, March 2020|