Put simply, it's not so much that I find beer festivals necessarily bad (though some inevitably can be), more the fact that by and large they're not located in pubs (though some naturally are). For my taste, I've always found that drinking is a social experience best enjoyed in the atmospheric environs of the pub. For the most part, beer festivals resemble a pub only in the fact that beer and cider are served into glasses by friendly bar staff, and with the best will in the world, it's just not the same.
|The busy Cider Bar|
|Which one would you vote for...?|
|A cider-gut, yesterday|
|Cyderman (aka Ray Blockley of Torkard Cider)|
almost ready for lift-off