Lyme Regis Beer Festival 2013

Anarchy in the Marine Theatre

Anarchy in the Marine Theatre

Back in December of last year I attended the CAMRGB Xmas Twissup and while there I met John & Becky of Art Brew. I’d previously had a few Art Brew beers so I was very glad to discover that not only are they great brewers they’re also great drunken company.

A few weeks ago Art Brew announced via their Twitter feed that they’d once again be attending the Three Brewers Lyme Regis Beer Festival alongside Mighty Hop and Town Mill. The Dorset coast is a lovely little corner of the world and even more so when great tasting beer is on the menu so the decision to pop down for the Festival wasn’t a difficult one.

It took two hours to drive from Swindon down to Lyme Regis. Then it took another 45 minutes to find a parking space – it seemed like half the world had chosen Saturday as their preferred day to descend upon the town. We’d inadvertently parked at the opposite end of town from the festival venue but it was a pleasant stroll along the sea front past numerous fish & chip shops and pubs that sold Palmers, the big boys from a few miles along the coast. Lyme Regis is a lovely little town and well worth a visit even if there’s not a beer festival on… although I think it might be a bit of a nightmare in the height of the summer school holidays.

The Marine Theatre is great venue – small but perfectly formed. We’d only been inside for a couple of minutes when my girlfriend remarked that the Army (both the band and their followers) would love it there and I wholeheartedly agree – it would be a fantastic place to see a gig. It’s also a fantastic place for a beer festival.

There were over 20 beers available (all at only £3 a pint) and quite a few ciders – here’s what I had:

Spanked Monkey [6.4%] by Art Brew
Earth Roots Resin [6.0%] by Art Brew
Orange IPA [6.4%] by Art Brew
Granny’s Teeth [6.0%] by Town Mill
Festival Special Bitter [3.9%] by Mighty Hop
Hip Hop Green Bullet [4.3%] by Art Brew
Extra Citra [6.0%] by Art Brew
Anarchist Party Bitter [7.3%] by Art Brew

There wasn’t a bad beer among them but the real stand outs were the Earth Roots Resin, Extra Citra and Anarchist Party Bitter – I look forward to drinking them all many many times again.

Between beers I managed to have a couple of chats and with John and Becky (who both seemed very happy with this year’s festival) and also be introduced to Pete Cooke of Sherfield Village Brewery whose beers are now on my must try list.

Overall, I thought the festival was fantastic with a great mix of clientele. There were some CAMRA Spods and Craft Beer Hipsters in attendance but the majority of people just seemed interested in having fun and getting a bit pished on really good beer. A real community event. It was a brilliant day out and one that I’d love to experience again next year… and beyond.

Special thanks to John & Becky of Art Brew for leaving a couple of tickets on the door for me – the kind gesture was very much appreciated.

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Nice place for a beer...

Nice place for a beer…


~ by landells on March 31, 2013.

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