My annual trip to Dorset for the festival of new (and not always obscure) music that is End of the Road ends today.
I’ll take in 30 bands, 12 food carts, and be taken for £5.50 a half pint for the Beavertown Cowboy Lightning. But it was worth it. Wish it wasn’t against my principles to ask for tasters (must be a quids worth in the cup below).
I wrote in July about the less than thrilling beer menu at the middle-class nostalgia fest that is Latitude.
In contrast End of the Road would match a smaller CAMRA beer fest for range and quality, with a core range from relatively well-known local breweries.
And space on smaller bars for tastings by smaller folk like lovely Brew Shack of Wimborne, whose Porter and Piranhas I sampled yesterday.
Let’s be very clear; a tutored beer tasting is COMPLETELY different from beer tasters, OK.
It was interesting to chat to them about getting their (excellent) beers into local pubs, and they have a small Tap at their brewery open 2 till 7 pm on Fridays (surely a shoe-in for the GBG with those hours).
There were nearly as many brewery as band T-shirts on display in the Tipi tent.
On the field I did my usual study of what festival goers are drinking in 2017.
More cider and ale than lager, judging by the cans on display. Little Stella and Carling, lots of Beavertown (from the bar) and Brew Dog (from Shaftesbury Tesco). The Punk revolution is complete.
The bloke next to me sprayed his beer over my £7 programme. It was Cwtch. I almost thanked him.
A few folk were keeping faith with Boring Brown Bitter though.
And, since you ask, Car Seat Headrest were the highlight so far. No, I’d never heard of them either.