Nov 2012 – Gill & Ray via Scoopgen

We have 3 brilliant days enjoying the beers and the company here. First class club and would get my vote. Well done Bob, Richard and your team. Don’t despair. Those that matter KNOW you are the best club. See you at Easter.

Gill and Ray.

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Nov 2012 – Loz via Scoopgen

Egham Festival

I would like to add my name to the list of people thanking Bob,Richard and the team for another excellent Egham festival and the very useful daily updates.

Good beer,good company,good food,very well organized and great venue. It was good to see many of the regular faces again.

I was really surprised to hear that the United Services Club had not been short listed for Club of the Year this year.
What else does this excellent friendly and welcoming club have to do?
It promotes CAMRA,uses oversized glasses,has a good selection of ales all in excellent condition and puts on three beer festivals a year.
The venue is clean ,comfortable,well organized there is plenty going on and it is always fund raising for a forces charity.

It ticks all my boxes am I missing out on something? What does the Club of the Year have that the United Services club doesn’t? Clearly the standard must be very high.

Loz.

Comment added by Mark Ostrowski

As do I .

An excellent festival & an excellent club!

Mark

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Nov 2012 – The Chair via Scoopgen

EBF13 beckoned y’day and so a trip to Egham was undertaken. Once again I wish to record my thanks to Bob, Richard and the Team, who make such a superb selection of beers available to us and EBF13 was to the usual very high standard we have come to expect… So a big thank you from me. Plenty of festival goers in attendance and as always a few new faces to me. Then back to Reading for my mini trawl around a few of the better pubs, on this occasion in decidedly dour wevver…

Camra Beer Scoring Guide 0-5 (5 rarely given but the highest appropriate score is used)
Note: where a beer attracts a low score it should be bourn in mind that there may be issues at the point of dispense.

Egham USC TW20 9PE
Egham Bar:
Marlow: Rebellion IPA 3.7
Canterbury: Street Light 5.8
Sunny republic Dolphin Amber 4.2
Rockin Robin Hoppin Robin 3.7
Canterbury Galactic Belgian 6.5
Xt: Gamma 4.3 (Score 3)
Popes Yard: XPA 5.6 (Burst)

Egham BF:
Choices:
Shed: Ales GJE 4.1 (Score 3)
Rockin Robin: Mildly Rockin 3.7 (Score 3.5)
Caveman: Chinook 4.5 (Score 4)
Brightside: The Beast 3.8 (Score 3.5)
Bingham: Cinammon Old 4.5 (Score 3)
Clarence & Fredricks: Smoked Red 5.1 (Score 3.5)
Downlands: Green Hop 4.4 (Score 3)
Cronx: Fallout Spiced Pumpkin 4.6 (Score 3.5)
XT: Gamma 4.4 (Score 3)

Those beers sampled have an indication of their Quality/Taste marked alongside with just a nod to personal preference. On this occasion the scores reflect the view of the compiler alone.

Rgds Rich

Brother Rich on Beer Tour
Sent from thechairs Hopberry Curve

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16th August – Mick Fum

Enjoyed day one yesterday, met a few there, also what I gather the word is spreading as to the events , so I noticed a first timer yesterday from Oxford area.
Nice chat with Mike E on the train to Reading, a non snag day in that area as well.
Mick

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16th August – Markitg

Agreed from here too. Excellent day out – an unbeatable place!

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16th August – F/stone Ewan (Shepway Blade)

Big THANKS to everyone at the USC – Great beer, great weather, great ambience, great time – Hope to see you again on Saturday

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16th August – Jon Samways

Hear hear – thanks to Bob and the team for a cracking day as always; I got my 7 hoped for new breweries (plus the one that crept in under the radar with the XT80!).
Be seeing you at number 13.

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16th August – Gill Smith (and Ray)

A big thank you from us too Bob. Day 1 excellent and looking forward to Day 2.

Gill

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16th August – Mark Saunders

Once again a big thank you to BOB, RICH and the rest of the staff for coming up trumps yet again … and for all the hard work put in .
Cheers Mark.

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Pete Franklin aka Pitsea Pete (11 April)

As usual, thanks to Bob and Richard for the usual excellent effort….. The real highlight for me was the presentation by Weird Beard who have not yet started brewing commercially. The quality of the three bottled beers was outstanding – IMO up with the likes of Kernel, Magic Rock and Tempest. Many scoopers missed this which I feel they missed an absolute treat (well worth missing a couple of winners for). Other highlights were the Canterbury Belgian, the Old Dairy Hop Top and the Longdog Mild.

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08Apr – Peter Haines

You really should try an Egham USC fest ….. the quality and freshness of the beers are really something special.

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08Apr – Alastair & Sheila Tanner

cannot think where one would find so many tickers to meet at one time as at Egham. We have just spent three very enjoyable days at Egham and have met so many Scoopgen scoopers from all over the country each day.
We would like to add our thanks to Richard, Bob and the team for yet another excellent festival. Great beers and food. Hopefully we will be back in August.

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08Apr – Rick Pickup (www.quaffale.org.uk)

you really should try Egham, it is a top festival!

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08Apr – Loz Aslett

I would also like to add my name to the list of people thanking Bob, Ian, Richard and all at the USC for yet another superb Egham festival.

Good beer, good company, good weather, good venue, good choice of beers, nice friendly and helpful staff and the best value bacon baps for miles.

Scooping doesn’t get better than this!

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08Apr – Andy & Julie Lee

Just to add to the other comments already posted, EBF11 , fantastic selection and well done Richard, Bob & the rest of volunteers. Best beer of the Festival for me was the “Inmanz 57”. This festival just gets better time after time. Good to see some Egham first timers as well.

As for the Garlic/Chilli Mushrooms – to die for. Here’s to EBF12

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08Apr – Gill Smith

Want to add my thanks to Bob, Richard and the drinks team, plus the food workers too as we need the bacon rolls and chips with the fantastic garlic mushrooms to keep us going.

Thanks for the excellent beers and food and company, and see you in August.

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08Apr – Brian Tilley

Ditto! It was as excellent as always :-)

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07Apr – Mark Ostrowski

Thanks to Richard, Bob and all at Egham for yet another superb festival.

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07Apr – Richard Norris aka ‘The Chair’

Many superb beers on offer…. most of them in top notch order and some totally stonkin. Especially the Hasting Brews and one of Bob’s birthday brews, from Old Dairy (what a surprise) Inmanz 57 (done in the style of Heinz 57). This was a top Beer at Score 4.5.

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06Apr – Nick Little (Mr Scoopgen)

Enjoyed Egham very much too. Another great effort by Bob and the EUSC staff. Good to see some scoopers yesterday that I’d not met before.

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06Apr – Jon Samways

Bob – Many thanks to you and your colleagues for a very good day yesterday, and a special thank you for hosting the “Kentish Man”. I’ve got some more on order (not for sale!) or next week and will be interested to see how it varies.
Another fine festival all round; sadly I can’t be there for the other days but I
wish everyone an enjoyable and successful time.

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Chris Walkden (‘Chaps2034′ from Stockport) via Scoopgen

Hi Bob
Just a quick note to thank you and Richard and all at Egham for yet another outstanding festival – once again well worth while to come down from the frozen North. An excellent beer range, quality and good company too as is the norm nowadays.
And thank you for providing some rain again – although I’m glad I got back to Feltham before it started tipping it down on the Thursday night!.
Great to hear of your excellent effort on the fundraising too for such a worthy cause.
Hopefully I’ll be there for EBF11 at Easter. Perhaps the food offering could include Easter Eggs this time??
Cheers
Chris W
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Martin the Mildman via Scoopgen

Hi all,
Firstly, just to add to the many who have expressed their thanks and appreciation to Bob, Richard and all the team and volunteers at the Egham club, I’d like to register my thanks and appreciation too. Once again a top class festival delivered with all the professionalism of the great team at Egham Club.

Now here are my awards/scores for this festival:

Gold (18/20 or higher) – no contenders this time.

Silver:
HAVANT X-rated Blackberry Milk Stout 4.2% 17,A
Loads of flavour for its strength, there’s a bit of everything in there,
roast malt, chocolate, coffee and of course fruity Blackberries.
BINGHAM’S Old Ale 4.5% 17,A An excellent old ale in the style of Harvey’s etc, lots of malt flavours but also a little hop balance.

Bronze:
CANTERBURY BREWERS Foundry Black 4.0% 16,A Black bitter with good mix of bitter hop and roast malt flavours.
REBELLION Decomposed 4.2% 16,A Sweet but well balanced amber bitter with a good clean finish.
VIBRANT FOREST Dark Castle Porter 5.2% 16,A Excellent dark brown porter with a strong malt character and smooth mouthfeel.
KENT BREWERY Coffee Porter 5.5% 16,A Does what it says and very well too.
BINGHAM Hop Harvest Best 3.7% 16,A A sweetish and malty base with some hop character. Fruity finish.

Highly commended:
BY THE HORNS Pale Ale 3.8% 15,A
MONCADA Notting Hill Blonde 4.2% 15,A
XT BREWING XXXXX Sorachi Roast 4.1% 15,A
LONDON BREWER’S ALLIANCE (Windsor & Eton) IPA 5.8% 15,A
LONGDOG Bunny Chaser 3.6% 15,A
OLD DAIRY Fresh Hop 4.0% 15,A
MONCADA Notting Hill Bitter 4.3% 15,A
BRIGHTSIDE Best Bitter 4.3% 15,A
VIBRANT FOREST Stormbrew 4.7% 15,A
HAMMERPOT Harvest Ale 4.8% 15,A

Acceptable:
LONDON FIELDS Love Not War 4.7% 14,A
REDCHURCH Bethnal Pale Ale 5.5% 14,A
CANTERBURY BREWERS Biggleston’s Brown Ale 3.8% 14,A
VIBRANT FOREST Mrs Miggins 4.5% 14,A

Not to my taste:
ASCOT ALES Single Hop Nelson Sauvin 4.6% 13,A Hop flavour drowned out by too much malty, yeasty flavours.

Looking forward to Easter 2012 already!

Cheers,
Martin the Mildman

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Sheila and Alastair via Scoopgen

After three great days at the USC beerex Egham, we would also like to add
our thanks to Bob, Richard. Julie and the team for providing us with such an
enjoyable time. Excellent beer and food selection all served by friendly
staff. It was also great to meet so many scoopgeners under one roof.

Thanks again to the team

Cheers

Sheila and Alastair

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Gill Smith via Scoopgen

Thank you all at Egham from us two too. Always a great time with such a grand beer list to choose from.
Gill.

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Glenn R via Scoopgen

Yes thanks again for a great fest well worth the five hour trip down and the bus ride

Cheers Glenn R

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the.chair via scoopgen

BF10 Another superb effort By Bob, Richard and the team produced a list to Die for….. on this occasion majoring on the new wave of London based micros.. Beer quality was as ever very good and a nice selection of Darks alongside the bitters with a couple of Brown Ales thrown in. This Fest deffo ticks all the boxes IMO and long may it continue. Thanks again lads. Great to spend time with some fest regulars not to mention a Landlord….on a busmans holiday

Camra Beer Scoring Guide: 0-5 (5 rarely given, tho one used today… However the highest appropriate score is used)

Egham USC TW20 9PE
Bar:
Rebellion: IPA 3.7/ Decomposed 4.2 (Score 3.5)
London Fields. Love Not War 4.7 (Score 3)
Windors & Eaton Conqueror 5.0 (Score 3.5)
Moncada: Notting Hill Amber 4.9 (Score 4)
Binghams: Old Ale 4.5 (Score 4)
XT: Sorachi Roast 4.1 (Score 4)
Acorn Old moor Porter 4.4

Outside Bar/Stiilage
By The Horns: Pale Ale 3.8 (Score 5)
Camden Town: Showboat Brown Ale 4.5 (Score 3.5)
Moncada: Notting Hill Amber 4.9 (Score 4.5)
Rebellion: Decomposted 4.2 (Score 3)
XT: Sorachi Roast 4.1 (Score 4)
Botanist: Night Porter 5.0 (Score 2)
London Fields Brewery: Love Noit War 4.7 (Score 3.5)
Kent: Coffee Porter 5.5 (Score 3.5)
Old Dairy: Fresh Hop 4.0 (Score 4./Tsar Top 8.0 (Score 4.5)
Havant: X Rated 4.2 (Score 3)

Those Beers tried have an indication of their quality/taste marked alongside with just a nod to personal prefernce. On this occasion they represent the view
of the compiler alone.

Bitter of the Day:
Actually a Pale Ale… By The Horns Pale Ale

Dark of the Day:
Old Dairy: Tsar Top

Rgds Rich
Brother Rich on Beer Tour

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Mark Ostrowski via Scoopgen

Thanks to Bob, Richard & all at USC Egham for yet another excellent festival.

Mark.

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John Stevenson via website email.

The club’s 10th festival & the 5th that I’ve attended.  Everyone of those five has been remarkable; new breweries, new beers plus some old favourites like the Ascot stouts.  The friendly atmosphere makes this festival my favourite.  Many thanks to everyone at the club involved in the organisation.

See you all again in April 2012.

John

 

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Nicky Humphries via Facebook

First time I’ve been to Egham, top beer festival. Certainly something I’ll add to the diary for next year :-)
Loads of new beers and breweries plus a good location. Backed by local staff and
volunteers, which is great for the community.

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Beer reviews from Chris Owen

https://www.facebook.com/notes/chris-owen/egham-bf-summer-2011-day-1-beer-reviews-tasting-notes/235872906457258

http://chrisobeer.blogspot.com/2011/08/and-now-for-something-completely.html

 

 

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Russell Dunstan – via Scoopgen

Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 7:54 AM
Subject: [scoopgen] EBF9 – Egham Beer Festival update Day 2
Mr Binman sir, just got home what can i say , MENTAL ! two days,  i was asked on thurs were this festival ranked i said top 3 i was very wrong its TOP 1 i think, thanks again egham rocks. up at 5.30 to go to scotland to watch airdrie v cowdenbeath thanks again Sir Binman. cheers para ( man with duelling banana)

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Scoopgen: gillsmith32

Caravan booked in before we saw your list. Loved the Easter fest so much. Table near the BBQ please.

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Scoopgen – Chris W

How dreadful – only 7 new breweries for me!

Tickets and accommodation already booked!

Cheers
Chris W

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The Real Ale Girl

Then
came the Egham Beer Festival, and boy do those dudes know what they are doing.
£1.35 a half for the some of the most unusual, exciting, beautifully crafted
beers around. I go to a lot of festivals and I drink a lot of beer. I often
struggle at festivals of this size to find anything new to drink. I struggled to
find something I’d heard of, it was that well sourced a range. So good, that the
brewers themselves turn up to see how their beers are going down!  I’d read about Egham fest but never made it
before. If similarly, you’ve never quite made it I urge you to go. They make it
easy by having three fests a year. And I promise you I am not on any sucking up
mission or on any commission, just p***ed off it took me so long to go.

Sourced from the Real Ale Girl Blog – http://realalegirl.blogspot.com/

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Martin the Mildman (Scoopgen 25 April)

I’d just like to add my thanks and appreciation for what was definitely the best Egham Beer Festival yet! Biggest thanks go to Richard and Bob for their untiring hard work and enthusiasm throughout the whole event. Then there are all the club staff and volunteers who make the whole thing run smoothly with friendly and knowledgeable service throughout.

……..there were some excellent beers there, most from quite recent breweries, proving that the art of good brewing is far from dead yet.

Once again, big thanks to all involved and a look forward to the next one.

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Chris Walkden (Scoopgen 24 April)

Can I just echo what Sheila and others have said about this fest – it’s well worth going to. Bob has it right; it’s a real Pandora’s Box of excellent quality, interesting beers and people. And another 5 new breweries for me to boot, never mind the chance to try some rare and very unusual beers.

Let’s not forget Richard, Bob and all the team who all put it together – they look to every little detail you can think of – they even arranged for some spots of rain very briefly on Thursday afternoon to make me feel at home (I’m from Manchester)!

It was great to put a few more faces to “scoopgeneers” too. And glad to see that the mystery of who “the Chair” is was solved for those who were there on Friday – alas I will have to remain in the dark about this for now!

Dates for the next one are already inked in the diary and the travel visa for “darn sarf” already applied for.

Egham EUSC Team – You all did very well!

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Sheila Tanner (Scoopgen 24 April)

We have just returned from three great days at Egham. There was a great selection of rare beers from micro-breweries which were changed as soon as one ran out, and we managed to get almost all we needed over the three days.

It was nice to meet up with the ‘Chair’ at last and also the other many friends we have made who are on Scoopgen. There was plenty of seating, both in the sun for the sun- worshippers like Gill and inside for those of us who wished to stay cool. Despite the hot weather the beers were kept very cool and served in tip-top condition, by the very friendly staff and volunteers.

There was also an excellent selection of food including sandwiches, pies and a barbecue.

We would again like to thank Richard, Bob, and the rest of the team for all the work they put into providing such an excellent festival, and for the great hospitality shown to us. We certainly hope to make the next festival on 18th August 2011.

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Loz Aslett (Scoopgen 24 April)

I would like to add to the ever growing list of people thanking Bob,Richard and all the volunteers for another excellent Egham festival.

Bob`s early morning update of the beers available each day was particularly useful as one can print this off before leaving home.

The club was once again runner up in the CAMRA club of the year – what more does this magnificent club have to do to win it???

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Gill Smith (Scoopgen 24 April)

After 3 glorious days, I too can only echo what everyone has said.

Big enough to give plenty of good beers to keep everyone happy and small enough
for folk to chat and get to know each other, putting faces to names.

Certainly one to come back to, and so glad a made it for this one.

Well done all.

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“Markitg” (Scoopgen 24 April)

Steve, will echo your sentiments, beer was great, place was great, yeah and you did talk
too much. Cheers Irishman and Cookie. Xxx

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Mark Ostrowski (Scoopgen 23 April)

I agree, yet another excellent festival. Great place!

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Steve Fulcher (Scoopgen 23 April)

Just to echo the other comments on Egham, an excellent small fest, very friendly and well run. Trev and me got our 7 new breweries and a shed load of new beers, and watched some IPL Cricket. Missed our early train due to talking too much! Just goes to show what a little bit of thought and effort and imagination with the beer list can produce a great festival

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Graeme Wood (Scoopgen 23 April)

Great festival guys! Special thanks must go to those working outside in that heat and every beer still arrived in great condition and at perfect temperature. Will definitely be back for more in August.

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Glenn Rivett (Scoopgen 23 April)

Must say this is a must do festival. Excellent beers, good quality …..  plenty of new beers.

The Panther Pink Bottle Conditioned Ale went down well on the way home on the train …worth a day off work to do it on Thursday. Well done to bob and co for another top festival

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Rich Norris ‘The Chair’ (Scoopgen 22 April)

Our first visit but I am sure not our last. What a superb fest, with a very friendly welcome, cracking list and whilst a couple of Ales were not quite ready, overall beer quality was spot on. Many thanks to Bob and Richard for their efforts in providing these options. Wonderful high summer weather was just the icing on the cake. Very nice to meet fellow scoopgen members, Gill and Ray Smith, Sheila T, Andy from Posh, Dave from Oxford amongst others, who helped while away the time.

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Ian Fudger (Scoopgen 22 April)

Spent a cracking afternoon at this fest, as ever. Got there 5 minutes after opening and
was able to pick up my new breweries and a few other beers before leaving early
afternoon. Many thanks to all who worked hard in putting on this great show but
special thanks to Bob the Binman’s update this morning saying what was on and
what was likely to go quiet quickly today. It made life a lot easier when
selecting which beers to have first.

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Gill Smith (Scoopgen 21 April)

My first visit to the Egham USC fest has been
great, brilliant in fact! I loved the beers and everything about the way the
fest is organised. So many new breweries and all in good nick.

Well done folks, see you all tomorrow

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Bob Inman – Via Scoopgen

Thanks once again for all the positive comments many of you have posted on scoopgen over the past few days. Without so many scoopers making the big effort to travel half way across the country to our little real ale oasis in North Surrey these festivals would not be the great success they have become.

From the speed the beers have been crossed off our famous blackboard I think I can safely say that EBF8 will break all previous EBF records. Suffice to say that after all the hard work put in by Richard Griffin & myself over the past few months sourcing the beers plus all the help from our trusty band of volunteers and club members who have all gone above and beyond the call of dut since Wednesday, it has been more than worth it when I think of all the fun these past few days have been.

Finally many, many thanks for your generosity when it came to donating cash, unused beer vouchers and £2 glass return deposits into our ‘Ale4Forces’ charity box. I’ve no idea what the figure stands at this morning but after the first 2 days we already had £390+ so that really is very much appreciated.

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Peter Franklin – via Scoopgen

Hi Bob and Richard

As usual a brilliant festival. The sheer quality of the scoops available plus
the excellent conditioning of the beers plus the opportunity of meeting so many
scoopers (bumped into Gill Smith and Steve and Sue Robinson from Manchester
(part of my Commie Phil from Stockport scoopers group) whom I first met on
Saturday).

Don’t think you’ve even got a picture of me nodding off this year – although I
did make up for it on the train home (after 38 scoops in 2 days)! Glad to get a
couple of days detox after all the battering but have another one coming up
this weekend with Reading, Bexley and Brodies in consecutive days (Thur-Sat).
Hope my liver survives till August!

Once again well done.

Pete

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