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12th Moreton Beer Festival Report

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  Crowds again at Moreton Beer and Cider Festival 2019   


  The North Cotswold branch of CAMRA staged the 12th festival at Moreton Cricket Club on the weekend of 13th/14th September. We were blessed with three dry sunny days and attracted record attendance over 1000 people, many camping on site in tents, caravans and motor homes..


 <<< The range of 46 beers, were sourced from various parts of the country and N Ireland including 11 local beers. Thanks to Martyn Herbert our Festival Beer Coordinator and the Good Beer Company. The beer styles included pale ale, bitters, porters, stouts and mild.

 A broader range of 25 ciders and Perry came from Hereford, Gloucestershire and Somerset chosen by our Cider coordinator James Fry. In total 71 choices. >>>    

<<<  Friday opened at 11am and the crowds built up, tasting the range of quality ale and cider in pristine condition. CAMRA members from near and far turned out in force, many who had attended all previous eleven festivals. Afternoon entertainment was provided by Eden Bay,

  Our own James Long with his Brother in Law playing on stage for the first time were a tremendous duo >>>



  They were followed by band Wired from 8pm rounding off a very busy evening.




   Throughout the weekend local Butcher R & D Walker provided extensive catering from a large airy tent including pig roast, burgers, pizzas, faggots and sausages. This proved very popular including breakfasts on Friday and Saturday mornings.


<<< On Saturday we were visited by the Elmley Castle Cricket Club. 


   More campers and caravans arrived for the Saturday 11am opening. Regular band Good Intent played a long afternoon set appreciated by a record Saturday crowd, followed by Driving Sideways for the evening session a late replacement for the Dropouts who dropped out. Locals turned out in numbers as usual swelling the audience dancing through until 11pm.

   The first beer to run out on Saturday afternoon was Knockout Belfast IPA ( 5.5%)  from N Ireland so winning Beer of the Festival closely followed by Goldie an organic 4% IPA from Yubberton brewed by Stroud. >>>

<<< The first cider to run out was Old Stag Whisky cider at 8% a multiple festival winner from Fairford followed by Elderflower Infusion at 6.5% from Priors Tipple another multiple winner.


 By close on Saturday half the barrels had completely run out with rest well gone and the remainder discounted to campers on Sunday morning amounting to around 3 bbls similar to 2018. Remainder of the great Cider and Perry range was passed on to grateful campers and other outlets.


  Thanks to all our helpers, sponsors and to Moreton Cricket Club for the venue and a welcome to the 17 new CAMRA members who signed up through the weekend. Particular thanks to our usual stalwarts who worked tirelessly on Sunday morning packing up the empty barrels and racking for collection and clearing the site.


  Many thanks to all for a great festival, come back next year for the 13th Festival on 11/12th September 2020.




    Report by: Martin Jones, Moreton Festival Director; photos by Martin, Roger Price & Peter Rowe