Well done to our local Milton Brewery
whose sumptuous Marcus Aurelius was voted
Beer of the Festival at the Cambridge Winter Ale festival in January. The legendary
Dark Ruby from the Sarah Hughes brewery in the Black Country came second, with
another local ale, Fenland
Raspberry Stout from Ely, picking up third.
Smiling Moose won the cider prize while
Moneuse Noel and
Abbaye des Rocs
Special Noel shared first place for foreign beers.
The festival itself was held for the third year at the University Sports and Social Club
in Mill Lane, which is proving to be an excellent venue. This year we soft-pedalled on
the publicity in the hope of reducing the huge queues in the evening but failed
miserably! - so our apologies if you were unable to get in. Despite a re-order, the
beer was very nearly sold out by closing time. Many thanks to all who helped at the
festival, particularly with the unglamorous tasks of putting it up and taking it down
again, and particular congratulations to Dave Collins who was organising the festival
for the first time. Thanks also to the Club themselves for being such accommodating
and helpful hosts.