it's not the winning, it's the taking part...
Baron Pierre de Coubertin said, "it's not the winning, it's the taking part...", (Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Olympics) must have been stuck for something to say when he won something important. Importance is very shades of grey, but to win our local beer festival, the excellent Festival of Winter Ales, hosted by Dover District CAMRA at the historic Maison Dieu Building was a bit of a shock to say the least. So many good beers there, legendary brews; Kelham Island Pale Rider, 1872 Porter, Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild, Goachers Old... all beers that have formed part of the spectrum of great British beers for more years than I care to remember. Our Paper Aeroplane Fight, a strong amber-ish IPA made with Citra, Mosaic and a new hop AU35 from Hop Products Australia, was seemingly enjoyed by many.
However, we think the old Baron got it right, winning is one thing, but I think in sincere reality that we all in the town of Dover, won. Seeing the sheer number of people from out of the area coming to the town, enjoying the numerous Micropubs, many who stayed over night and I am sure the many kebab houses did really well. It was a pleasure to see the teams from Kent Brewery, Sean at Pig and Porter, Eddie Gadd from Gadds' and Tonie from Hopdaemon.
Speaking to Kieran at the Thirsty Scarecrow, he was jammed full on the Saturday, seemingly all the other micropubs were too*. We saw many many people from outside the area, from both the near continent and the distant Swale area. This is where we, all, in the greater sense, win.
Thanks to all that support us, support the greater Dover beer scene, the local CAMRA branch, or those that just enjoy the town, the history and the scenery of Dover.
You can see more about Dover beer scene right here; Dover Ale Trail.
* special thanks to Neil from the Firkin, Folkestone..