It was 1998 when the last Beer Festival took place. At its height, it was the largest non-CamRA real ale event in the country. Yet there were problems on the night, damage was done and College removed its backing. Ever since, successive RCSU Presidents have tried to get agreement to bring it back, yet they all failed to secure its return. Until now.
The day following the Summer Ball (that’s last June), an agreement was made to hold the Beer Festival in the MDH this March. Yet in mid-February, permission was withdrawn as it would “interfere with a VIP dinner in the SCR”. This was followed by weeks of heated discussion with the Head of College Catering, John Foster. Finally, a new date was secured, with a promise that nothing would now stop it going ahead.
So, if you want to have a taste of some of the 40 types of real ale on offer, attempt to drink as many of the 2,880 pints as possible, or just turn up to help raise money for RAG, then head for the Main Dining Hall between 2.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday 18th March.
The entrance fee is £3, with a flat price of £1.50 a pint. Snacks, soft drinks and a barbecue will all be available to help soak up the alcohol.