Eden Project Ale Festival 2009
I nearly forgot to tell you, The Great Eden Ale Festival 2009 is on now at the Eden Project in Cornwall (22nd August - 31st August)
Being back at the Eden Project last weekend (for the second time this year) I spent two days in this wonderful place and it was rather handy to have the Ale Festival going on at the same time.
Unlike the local Farnham Beer Exhibition and the Woking Beer Festival the Great Eden Ale Festival, by comparison, is a fairly low-key affair in terms of hordes of real ale lovers swamping the place. Being an educational charity the Eden Project is about teaching and the audience is very broad. The Eden Ale Festival therefore educates those not of drinking age into how we get our country's brilliant real ales, the hops, wheat, malt & barley and the brewing process.
I missed the daily lectures, having wife & kid in tow, but did see the excellent efforts to teach the delights of real ale appreciation.
The "beer tent" was a very modest affair but there were a nice selection of what looked like very local ales (I don't have my tasting notes to hand so I cannot tell you for certain).
I recognised the Heligan Honey ale from Skinners' Brewery (Truro, Cornwall) at the Axminster Beer Festival a few years ago so that was a local brew for sure. Looking through the other ales I remember there was also Magik form the Keltek Brewery (Redruth, Cornwall), Buccaneer and the excellent Black Pearl from the Wooden Hand Brewery, also near Truro, Cornwall.
So if you can get yourself to St. Blazey, home of the Eden Project, for the last week of the kids' summer holidays or be there for the bank holiday weekend then I'm sure you'll enjoy the Great Eden Ale Festival, 2009.