Saturday, locals packed into the Assembly Hall Melksham and
swapped their regular pub pints for Real Ales &
ciders at the first Wilts & Berks
Canal Trust Beer Festival.
Maloney, the festival organiser said; “We were delighted
with the success of the event. As this was the first Wilts &
Berks Canal Trust Beer Festival, we had no idea if
anyone would come, if our volunteers would be enjoying lots
of ale and sausages for Christmas, or even if we would
actually run out of beer!
like wine, beers have their own characteristics resulting
from the ingredients and the recipe used by each brewer.
After the uniformity and bland flavours of some big named
keg, bottled and canned beers, we were very pleased to give
customers the opportunity to sample a range of more unusual
ales. In the end, it was wonderful to see so many people; we
are hoping to make this an annual event, and now we know the
level of local interest, we can make next year’s festival
even bigger and better.”
offer were ten different ales from independent breweries.
The furthest afield was from Wickwar Brewery
Gloucestershire, who provided Witchcraft, a full-flavoured
4.6% dark ale. Closer to home, Kennett & Avon Brewery
supplied Crofton IPA, a 5.4% ale with a full
on flavour of exotic fruits with a light bitter finish.
In addition, four ciders and a perry were
available, including Skorpion from Flying Monk brewery
infused with squid ink - the only black cider in the world -
and Black Rat from Moles of Melksham, both of which proved
to be very popular.
Moore from Chippenham said: “This was a really great
opportunity to try some new flavours from different
producers. It was also great to have a wide variety of
sausages as accompaniments. I’m already looking forward to
Melksham’s own family run independent butchers, I.D. Newman
& Son, supplied the gourmet sausages, including pork and
apple, pork with chilli and pork and leek.
Dave Maloney added: “We would
like to extend special thanks to the Bell at Lacock, who
very generously sponsored the special commemorative glasses
given to every ticket holder, to the staff at the Assembly
Hall for their brilliant support, and to Melksham Town
Council for use of the excellent Assembly Hall.”
proceeds will be used locally for the promotion and
restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal.
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