Friday, 30 September 2011

Ascot Beer Festival

Sat on the laptop one night doing a bit of surfing when an email arrives from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)…

…as a CAMRA member did I fancy helping out at the next Ascot Beers Festival?

http://www.ascot.co.uk/?page=info_300911&type=Standalone

I think to myself… yeah… what the hell !

So, I turn up on the day…get given my free CAMRA polo top and voucher for free lunch in the Ascot staff area.

I then get shown the staff area… with 3 barrels of beer that I can “help myself to”… this is on top of the Pint an hour I am being paid *Hic*.

My job is pulling pints… my youth spent working in a hotel bar is about to pay off!.

Below is my bar (well…. that’s a white lie… its the bar next to the one I worked on)

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The weather is sunny and gorgeous … the gates open and all hell breaks loose !…. I have not worked so fast and hard in a long time !… it was relentless !… the only time I got a break was while each race ran… and then, like a huge wave, punters hit the bar again !.

Each barrel contains 88 pints of beer / stout / ale etc… 3 of us worked our small bar of 15 barrels …. we almost drained the lot… we served well over 1000 pints !… and there were at least another 12 of these bars all selling out… crazy crazy crazy stuff !.

I was well an truly knackered at the end of the day….and tipsy lol… fantastic, can’t wait to do it again next year Thumbs up

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