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Brown's beer: Love London's craft beer craze? This weekend is unmissable...

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Well I went saturday afternoon and what a shambles it was, the expression couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery could not be more apt. I paid in advance for a tasting ticket giving me the chance (or so I thought) to sample 9 different beers. The problems started when the festival itself did not open as advertised at 12.00, in fact a rather large queue built up until we were finally let in at 12.45 There were suppose to be two bar areas but only one opened at the starting causing a massive blockage of thirsty drinkers trying to get served. It took 25 minutes to get my first beer. Even when the second bar area eventually opened up it still took so long to get served there was no chance chance of me being able to try 9 beers as the festival closed at 5 before the evening session started - so I ended up drinking 2/3 at a time just to make sure I could use up my pre paid quota. The beers available kept coming and going - so when you started to queue for a drink you had absolutely no idea what you might be able to choose from once you got to the front of the queue. Prices for those paying by cash were not clearly listed. There were suppose to be guest speakers at each session but at no point during the afternoon did the event organisors make any announcements regarding this or indeed any apologies for the late opening or indeed any other information that might have proved useful. The toilets were totally inadequate and left in a disgusting state. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer that I did get to taste and I feel for all the bar staff who really worked their bollocks off, and the efforts of the brewers to bring such an interesting and diverse selection of beers to the event, but who ever was responsible for management of the venue itself should hang their heads in shame.

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Sun, 5 May 2013

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12:28 pm

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