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Milton Keynes Beer Festival 2012

Milton Keynes; a city (well, big town) famed for concrete cows and roundabouts. Horrible place if you ask me. They do, however, put on a good beer festival. Back in October (yes this is another one of those posts I should have written weeks ago), I went with the usual suspects to MK Camra’s Concrete Pint Beer Festival.

As beer festivals go, it’s not a huge affair. It takes place in The Buszy, which as far as I can tell is a glorified youth centre. As venues go it has its good and bad points, on the plus side it is next to the bus and train stations (it is actually above the bus station), which is handy for getting home after a few too many beers. On the down side, it’s not very big. This means that everyone it really packed in tight. I think that perhaps they could have made a little more space by getting rid of the make-your-own-tshirt stand, which took up a large area. I wasn’t there when they had music on and I can’t see where they would put a stage for a band to play, there just wasn’t the room.

The area outside was fenced off for smokers and for people who wanted to escape the crush inside. Out there was also a barbeque which is a nice touch. It makes a change from the usual burgers and pizzas that most beer festivals have. Last year we sat outside with the barbeque and remarked about how much like a post-apocalyptic, “only the children survived” film it all seemed in the cold evening, in the middle of town, and no other people outside the fence.

Back inside the main attraction, the beer, flowed well. I had many different beers, including White Park’s Nightjar. I always have to try any beer which comes from Bedfordshire, and I’m pleased, no proud, to report that it is excellent. Other beers which I enjoyed included Thornbridge’s Jaipur and Concrete Cow Brewery’s Bulldozer. Another good thing about MK beer festival is that they keep updating their website with exactly what is on and what has been sold out. A nice touch I think.

The session. Once a month beer bloggers from around the world take five minutes to all discuss a particular topic. This month, the topic is novelty beers. It was suggested by this months host, Jorge from Brew beer and drink it. The following quote sums up the brief for this month:

The Perfect Beer World… that’s how I picture it…

So with that being said… what is something you would like to see change… something that will take us closer to the Perfect Beer World?

I’m not quite sure where I’m going to go with this one. The world is already such a great place when it comes to beer. There are so many different brewers, each with their own style and as a result different beers. A smorgasbord of different beers to suit every taste and mood. So what would I want to do to change it? Well, I’d like to have more choice available to me. I’d love it if the supermarkets stocked bottles of the most obscure ales from around the world, and the pubs all kept casks of ales that always changed, instead of just the same old GK IPA all the time.

Of course I know its not financially viable and could never happen, so perhaps we need to get rid of money? Wouldn’t that be nice? Just walk to the bar and have what you want regardless of what you can afford. You could drink to taste and not to budget. How long would the big commercial lagers last then? Apart from that, which is unlikely to happen in the near future, I don’t think I can complain about the beer world. I try many different beers, some good, some not so good, but without the bad you can’t appreciate the good. All in all I think we should leave it all alone, it’s not that bad.