|Autumn colour at Alexander's, the Pub at Castle Green|
The 2014 Edition of the Alexander's Ale Festival, held in the Function Room of the Castle Green Hotel, got off to a flying start on Friday April 11th. with several of the Bowness Bay beers selling out on night One! Thankfully, Saturday afternoon started in gently, giving time and space for quiet contemplation of the beers on offer.
Top performers, based on a straw-poll of those present, were: Swan Black, from Bowness Bay; Billonde, from Brewshine (apparently made by a man from Kendal in his garage); American Hop from Lancaster Brewery; and (definitely the winner) Angram IPA from Tigertops Brewery in Wakefield. Tigertops is owned by the same people who bring us Foxfield beers from the Prince of Wales pub at Foxfield, and the Angram IPA was a refreshing blast of citrus and hops right from the word go.
Live entertainment was supplied by The Mustard Cutters. By common consent, they really "Cut The Mustard" on the night, performing numbers that were clearly popular with the audience, and getting large numbers on the dance floor as the evening went along.
You can see an album of photos of the Ale festival, including lots of The Mustard Cutters, by clicking this link.