So the York Beer Festival was one that I wanted to go to this year, talk about not making my mind up, normally I am one who makes mind up easily, my dilemma was to stay over for a few days or just do the Saturday, I kept looking at booking.com to see what was available and I didn’t want too much of a walk.
I saw a couple of hotels hear the racecourse I kept looking at, then I decided I might go for the day, then a few days later it was back to booking.com and then it was back to the Saturday, after all I decided it was the Saturday only.
Now that dilemma was over it was time to prepare so Friday night after work was just a couple of drinks, originally I was going to stay in but that doesn’t happen on a Saturday, so I had quite a few.
Saturday arrived … nice and early .. caught the train which was a journey not to forget as well, I knew I wouldn’t get a seat with the train going to Newcastle and only 4 carriages and 1 of those was for 1st class people, I was standing up, the train was packed, then 2 women who obviously went to 1st class carriage and were told to leave, came into the next one where I was, standing near the door, she came through and went back and came back, moaning then started because she had to stand, well reserve your seat dear, she couldn’t answer this question. She did moan said it was unacceptable, “book your seat dear”… anyway after all that she was only going one stop … I really needed a drink by then.
Arrived in York and then realised I needed some cash so a walk into town was on the cards, then off I went to the racecourse and had a slow walk, it was only down the road, so said my google map, the weather was really hot as well, I had a vague idea where it was but then realised the people in front of me were all going to the same place .. follow the leader.
I could see the large tent in front of me, and thought, crikey this is going to be big, we are talking 450 ales here. I have never been to a beer festival this big before.
Queue was quite short, I had arrived at 12.10ish time, got my glass, programme and off I went on beer hunting time, main focus was on porters, I noticed a few ales were already gone, but with so much to choose from there was ample left, the bar length was HUGE, didn’t take long to get my 1/3rds either, the staff were doing a excellent job.
Loads of seating area inside and outside, I kept doing both, and as they day got on it was sitting on grass time and with my dodgy knees it did take some effort to get back up, honestly it wasn’t the drink.
Also there were quite a few breweries having their own stands, and already had most of theirs anyway, so kept away, but nice to see this happen more in festivals, it showcases their ales.
Loads of food stalls as well so you never went hungry, a burger did me until I got back to Sheffield, I am not much of a big eater.
After the ales were tried it was onto the keg lines, which seem to be popping up at beer festivals and there was quite a few round there and looked popular.
After 12 – 1/3rds it was time to head back into York, had such a great time there, it was bigger than I expected and now I wish I had stayed a few days over, next year I will remember to do this.
Nice to see some Sheffield breweries there with some fine ales, Abbeydale and Little Critters were doing well.
Back in York and had to visit York Tap, this pub is next to the train station and if you not been before then you must go, it was loads of pumps round the bar and had to sample a few.
Back on the train and off Sheffield Tap for a couple and then home time, it was a very long day but a great day.
Will I do York BF again next year – YES, will I stay over this time – YES.