Battersea Beer Festival
Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will have their first beer festival for London in 2008. Beer festivals aren’t just an excuse to get pissed, bur rather an adventure of the senses; in order to really enjoy an ale it’s best to exercise all five. Beer actually has one up on wine in that there are so many more varieties and the craftsmanship in brewing ale is well beyond fermenting grapes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good wine and I’m sure many ale drinkers do as well, which is probably why there will be a decent selection of wines at the festival as well. For those of you who insist that you ‘don’t like’ beer, it’s probably cause you’ve never really tasted a good ale.
So here’s your chance, give it a go: get a sample of the beer of your choice in a glass, a lovely light or dark brew; hold it up to the light, observe its colour; swirl it around a bit, put your nose to the edge of the glass, breathe in deep, let the aroma fill your lungs; then take a drink; swish it around your mouth a little and let it go down. Repeat. Using this simple method, you will find an ale (or ales) you’ll come to love for a lifetime.