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It was my first time visiting this Beer Festival in the heart of Britain’s most easterly town. I found the festival staff to be welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed. A spot of sunshine and a free football match to watch added to the festivities.
I made my way via train and found the football ground to be a very easy 10 minute walk from the station. Entrance was free and at the turnstiles we were pointed in the direction of the festival bar by a friendly steward. The beer list was what I would call a reliable one. It would be totally unfair to deem this list staid or safe. Ultimately, the organisers had opted for a list beer geeks like myself could label ‘decent’. Pricing was excellent with on average pints being £3.00 and halves £1.50. I post the list below, and in doing so, hope to cause no offence to Lowestoft Town football club.
Here’s what I went for:
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA: The benchmark for Modern British IPA’s. A delightful beer.
Kelham Island Pale Rider: A beer I have wanted to try for a while. A superb pale ale with refreshing hoppiness and a bittersweet flavour.
Oakham Citra – Like Jaipur for IPA, Citra is the benchmark for modern hoppy goldens in the UK.
Wolf Brewery Grandma’s Porter – Rich, warming body with thicky body. Good as usual.
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold – A very drinkable golden ale, quite sweet but enough bitterness to make it refreshing.
Dark Star Hophead – A hoppy floral golden ale – A great summer beer.
It was good fun to have a beer and watch the football (a comfortable victory for Lowestoft over lower league neighbours Gorleston 5-0).
The only negative as far as I could see was plastic cups. You could buy a festival glass but you couldn’t take these out onto pitchside. Of course, in terms of safety this is totally understandable.
Reasonably priced burgers, hot dogs and chilli were available at the festival and live music was performed in the evenings.
Well done Lowestoft Town! A good festival I shall attend again.