Fleetwood Beer Festival 2017

Every February we volunteer at the Fleetwood Beer Festival, we really enjoyed our three days serving beers from the bars and we met some lovely people too. This journal page is all about the amazing beers that we tasted. It was very difficult to choose our favourites this year, because there were so many that we really enjoyed.


I started by painting broken stripes of Liquitex acrylic paint vertically down the page. Next I added small splatters of diluted Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling the ink on an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and then flicking the ink onto the page with a paintbrush.  I chose Gold, Amber and Black coloured markers to represent the different shades of beer we tried. I stamped a faint grid design around the edges of the page, to add some texture, using a homemade stamp and black Archival Ink. I stencilled embossing ink using a distressed dot mask by Creative Expressions and then I covered the ink with a white embossing powder and used my heat gun to fix it to the page. This depicts the froth or “head” that forms on the top of the beer when you pour it. I collaged beer related images and words from magazines and our tasting notes using a UHU Stic to stick them to the page and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more from the background.


I really like this information about glasses; we tend to drink from tankards/mugs when we are working behind the bar at the festival, as they help keep the beer cooler.


The snippets from our own tasting notes show our five favourite beers of the festival.


At the festival there were over 125 real ales, ciders, perries and world beers. We worked on the bar serving the cask real ale, some of which were on hand pumps. We tasted many beers and added our comments to the tasting notes so we could recommend beers to others; there was something for everybody whether your taste preference is fruity, coffee, chocolate, hoppy, citrus, floral, ginger, honey, treacle and we even had some that were a little like lager.


I just managed to get a photo of the beer and Subway Club sandwich we had in one of our breaks. My beer preference tends to be the darker coloured beer and I have to say the Spilt Milk (spelt wrong in the tasting notes) really did taste like chocolate milk. My hubby tends to like the paler beers and amber bitters and was not disappointed as they had one of our old favourites by Harvey’s brewey in Sussex. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!


By the end of the festival many of our favourite beers had sold out, I’m not sure if it was because we were recommending them or because we were drinking them – we didn’t drink all the Harvey’s Old Ale,  honest (grin!)

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Gold, Amber, Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dovecraft Premium Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque DP100 50727)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Homemade wooden stamp block with Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • Beer magazines and booklets
  • Fleetwood Beer Festival 2017 Programme
  • UHU Stic

51 thoughts on “Fleetwood Beer Festival 2017

  1. I’m not a beer fan at all, but one that tastes like chocolate milk has me rethinking my prejudice. lol. Great journal page and fun story.
    Happy T-day, Jo! Eileen xox

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  2. I would like to try all those beers and work at a beer festival. I bet it is a lot of fun. last night I had a beer called Fall Down Brown. I didn’t fall down but it was good. 🙂 I love your journal spread and the beer descriptions too. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • I think you would have lots of fun drinking and working at the Beer Festival too 😉 . What a fun name for a beer and I’m glad you managed not to fall down … lol :-). Thanks a lot and wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 🙂


  3. Oh what a super fun post!!! Great journal page as is typical of you Jo. Love the info about the glasses. And tho I am not so much a beer person- when I do indulge(St Patty’s Day) it has to be DARK and have a kick to it:) Happy T day!

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  4. Such a bubbly and informative post.
    Your lovely journal page really drew me in.
    Your handmade stamp is a great addition.
    The info about the glasses is very interesting indeed.
    What a great time you had … it really comes across so well in what you created Jo.
    Fun to read about your long weekend of tasting and serving.
    Now I must go and look up what “Perries” is exactly.
    We enjoyed some delicious pear cider when we were in the UK, can’t find anything here like it as these all seem on the more sweet side.
    Chocolate beer is definitely a treat that we enjoy as well.
    You have made me thirsty 😉
    Happy last T Day of February oxo

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    • Thanks very much dear Patty! We did have a great time at the festival, I’m glad it shows through on my page :-). As you have found out “perries” are similar to our apple cider (which I think is called “hard cider” in the US as it is alcoholic) but a “perry” is made with fermented pears. It is alcoholic and very sweet tasting, and it sounds like you have enjoyed it here in the UK on your travels :-). I had a bad experience with cider when I was younger, so I tend to stay away from the ciders and perries … grin! 😉 The Spilt Milk and Harvey’s Old Ale were definitely my favourite beers. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂


  5. Amazing! I love reading the notes. ‘A traditional English bitter with no English hops or crystal malt’… sounds contradictory. Beer that almost tastes like chocolate milk? Sounds divine! That beer festival sounds like a lorra fun, and your journal page is a lovely reminder of that. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy T-Day

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    • It does sound a bit crazy doesn’t it :-). I was amazed too, if you closed your eyes you would think you were drinking chocolate milk – it was so delicious! Thanks so very much and wishing you a very Happy T Day, have fun on your travels! J 🙂


  6. Reading this post and seeing the photos and your fantastic journal page, it shouts out loud that you had a great time, even though you were serving beers as well
    . I’m not a beer drinker but I do like the sound of the one that tastes of chocolate milk as well.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Such a fun page. Clever how you used colors to represent beers and the foam. I’m not a beer drinker, but I was fascinated by the shape of the glass. Who knew the shape could enhance the temperature or the notes of the beer. Sounds like you had a great time at the festival. Happy T Day!

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  8. Jo i always love to see your ArtJournal pages… They really are great memory pages… So glad you had fun at the beer festival..no beer drinkers in this house…lol Happy happy T day!! Hugs! deb

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  9. What an amazing event, a lot like when we go wine tasting here. I DO like beer, but it is usually the paler beers…….BUT I WOULD give the one that tastes like chocolate milk a try!
    I enjoyed reading your notes on your journal pages too, very interesting. Thanks for sharing this event.
    Happy T-day

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  10. I feel horrible that it has taken me so long to visit. I’m not a very good host this week, and for that I apologize. I’m usually not a beer drinker, but I do love the dark beers (stouts). I can’t imagine beer tasting like chocolate milk, though.

    I learned a lot about the different glasses you showed. Who knew? Certainly not me. This is a beautiful journal page that showed what you did for three days this month, Good for you. Thank you for sharing this page, the beer glasses, and your beer choices with us for T this Tuesday. Yes, it’s still Tuesday in my world.

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  11. I so admire the designs of the Colorful beer labels, and how you’ve used the lettering, labels and notes as design elements. A great way to remember the festival! Sorry to be so late to visit for T Day!

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  12. wow that sounds a fun thing to do Jo – I like stout like drinks but I would have made my way to the ‘cider’ section first I think 🙂 Love the informative journal page you created to remember this occasion.
    Gill xx

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  13. Gorgwous art work!I haven’t drunk since 2009. Black beers are my favourite ones but they are now part of my distant memories. I can’t drink anymore and it is much better this way.A happy belated T Day!


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