Beer Festival 2018

As you may remember, every February we volunteer at the Fleetwood Beer Festival, where we serve beers to customers and meet some lovely people in the process. This year’s festival was so relaxed and we tasted so many amazing beers that it was difficult to choose which ones to include on my art journal page (grin!).

I started this page with an image of glasses filled with beer which I recycled from a magazine; it is stuck to the page like all of the other papers using a UHU Stic. Then I cut some strips of dark grey wood effect paper from a Docrafts paper pack, tearing the edge on one side and colouring all the edges with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Next I took our tasting notes that we used at the festival and cut out the beers we most enjoyed, arranging them on the page so the colour of the actual beer matched that of the beers in the glasses. I also cut the beer festival wording from an old magazine too and I edged them and the tasting notes with the Cold Grey Big Brush marker before sticking them in place. I added a star brad to each of the tasting notes, which I pushed through the page and fastened into place. I also covered the back of all the brads with masking tape to protect my next journal page. As our beer festival supports the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) I added one of their badges to my page, removing the pin from the back and sticking it in place using double-sided tape. To match the orange on the badge and sea theme, I also added three little orange fishes to the page which reminded me of the Dutch Fishman Fish & Chip catering truck at the festival too; they often came round with free tasters for us to enjoy (grin!).

There were over 100 beers at the festival this year and we enjoyed trying around 50 of them over the 3 days of the festival, as you can see from our photo we only had a small taster of each – well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it (grin!).

We liked quite a few a few beers this year and the ones I included on my page were:

  • Chocolate Orange Stout by Amber Ales in Derbyshire (ABV/Alcohol By Volume 4%) – it is a dark and creamy beer and tasted just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a glass and was my favourite beer, yum!
  • Harveys Sussex Bitter (ABV 4%) – this is a well-balanced easy drinking amber bitter and it’s from Sussex; this is one of the beers we use to drink all the time when we lived in the South of England.
  • Moonshine is from Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield (ABV 3%) – this is a pale ale with a hop aroma and grapefruit to finish. My hubby wrote “nice” on his notes and I found he often had this one in his glass (grin!).
  • Lemon Dream (ABV 5%) from Salopian Brewery in Shropshire – this is a golden ale that is brewed using organic lemons which adds beautiful subtle zesty aromas and has a citrus filled fruity finish.
  • Rhubarb and Ginger Pale Ale from Settle Brewery in North Yorkshire (ABV 9%) – this is a zingy pale ale and is made using Yorkshire rhubarb balanced with fiery root ginger and tasted very smooth.
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (ABV 2%) from Campervan Brewery in Edinburgh – this is a yummy dark milk stout and gets its unique aroma from the use of roasted coconut, it tastes of rich chocolate and a touch of coffee and vanilla. Again it’s a dark beer so one of my choices (grin!).
  • Yorkshire Pride (ABV 7%) from Acorn Brewery in Wombwell – this is a well-balanced light golden ale, it tasted like a regular bitter and was very easy drinking and smooth.
  • Schiehallion (ABV 8%) from Haviestoun Brewery in Cumbria – this is a crisp and refreshing Scottish craft lager with a lingering, fresh grapefruity finish. It takes its name from the famous mountain Schiehallion (pronounced “She-hal-i-on”) in Scotland.

As T Stands for T Day I’m joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang with my Beer Festival art journal page and photos – cheers! If you are not keen on beer then there is a bar where you can get tea, coffee, soft drinks, water etc as well as a Cider Bar which sells (hard) cider and also a Gin and Prosecco Bar – wishing you all a very Happy T day!

I’m also pleased to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art, who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey as F is for Fish on my page today!

We  like to support the RNLI so we were pleased that our local lifeboat station took delivery of a brand new lifeboat this weekend. The boat sailed from Poole, Dorset where it was built, even carrying out a sea rescue along the way and was carried to the lifeboat station from the sea on it’s trailer as the tide can be up to 3 miles away. It was a lovely sunny day, but so cold with the Siberian winds we have been experiencing for a week or so. There was a good turn out of people to see it and it arrived at 13.24 hours which was no accident as 13-24 is its identification number (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:

  • Old Beer Magazines
  • Fleetwood Beer Festival 2018 Programme
  • Docrafts A4 Ultimate Die-Cuts and Paper Pack (Festive Fauna PMA160949)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • RNLI badge
  • Metal Brads (Stars – Brown, Fish – Orange)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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52 thoughts on “Beer Festival 2018

  1. Its a fantastic page Jo, those beers sound quite tempting. I am not a beer drinker but I was drawn to the Chocolate orange and Lemon dream when I read the descriptions you added. The first sounded comforting for a cool day and the second refreshing for a warm day.
    I think it must have been a super festival .
    The new lifeboat looks good and perfect timing for its arrival. The crews of these boats deserve our support as they go to sea in all weathers and conditions.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much Yvonne! The chocolate orange stout is definitely worth trying and the beer selection this year was fabulous 😁. It was great seeing the lifeboat arrive but oh so cold too …lol 😉. Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

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  2. it is very likely that i will never have the chance to taste one of those beers, but you made a gorgeous page of this Event. i like the Picture seeing the beers from above, looking into various Colors of the brews. and i like that you added Little reminders as the Little orange fish charms. awesome!
    cheers and happy t-day:)

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  3. Wonderful memory you created of the festival. Love the little fish. I don’t care for beer, but you had me at Terry’s Chocolate Orange which is a traditional Christmas stocking stuffer in my household. I think i would be game to try that beer. So I’ll raise an imaginary glass to the lovely photo of you and your hubster. Cheers! The lifeboat looks quite festive in its rigging, too. Cheers to the lifeboat.

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  4. You made a beautiful page of the Fleetwood Beer Festival! I can understand that it was difficult to choose which ones to include on the art journal page because of tasting so many amazing beers. I like your tasting notes of the beers in the glasses – and ORANGE FISHES as additons to the page – wonderful!
    The photo with you and hubby is so lovely!
    The brand new lifeboat in black and orange looks great!
    Thank you so much for linking your fantastic entry to AJJ!
    I am very happy about all your entries this month!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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    • Thanks a lot! It was so much fun at the beer festival and the little fishes seemed perfect for this page too 😁. Thanks for being such a fabulous host at AJJ and choosing such a wonderful theme! Wishing you a happy day too dear Rike! J 😊

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  5. You created a terrific page – a wonderful memory of those amazing festival! I would have been thrilled like you about the chance to try all this amazing beers! And you both look already a wee bit tiddly I can see ♥♥♥ The page is brilliant and I love the descriptions of the beers and your notes to them – very clever and the little orange fishes make a perfect pop for the page – very clever and so lovely to link it to Rike’s theme again! This new lifeboat looks amazing and I can see that you took it’s colour for your fishes ——
    What a beautiful T-Day post Jo!
    Happy T-Day and a BIG BIG Thank you for all the support for AJJ and MM&M again this month!
    You made Rike, Elizabeth and me more than happy!♥♥♥

    Have a great week – let’s hope for warmer temperatures for us all..here it is minus 18 degrees Celsius just now.

    oxo Susi

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    • We had such fun and this photo was taken on the first day while we were enjoying quite a few beers …lol 😉. The orange fishes seemed perfect for the page with the RNLI colours and I was so pleased to be able to join Rike’s wonderful theme again. Have a great week too, it’s cold here and I awoke to snow this morning, not a lot but enough for a friendly and hilarious snowball fight with my hubby …lol 😀. Thanks so much and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  6. You designed a great page to remember the beer festival-what a fun event! did they happen to have any gluten free beers? I tried one called Bards that I really liked.
    That was neat to see the new life boat, have a great week and Happy T Day

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    • Thanks so much Kathy! Yes we did have gluten free beers too, they seem to be more in demand 😁. Stringers Brewery in Cumbria do one called Plan B which is a pale easy drinking beer with zingy citrus notes – yum! Cheers and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  7. wow Jo you found the perfect magazine page for your journal page! Thanks for sharing about the beers and festival-sounds like so much fun. It’s amazing to me just how many beers are available everywhere. Great pic of you and hubby! Happy T Day and happy week ahead. Cheers!

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  8. Wow. That is a cool page and I want to try some of those beers. The chocolate-orange stout sounds absolutely delicious as an after dinner drink on a cold winter’s night. The rhubarb-ginger one is probably delicious for summer. I also like the photo of the new lifeboat. Since we are boaters (and beer drinkers) , I really enjoyed this post Jo. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Just love your Journal page Jo… You are so good at making it marry with what is going on in your life.. They will be lovely to look back on in later years.. Thank you for your lovely comments on my T post.. You say the nicest things.~ Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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    • Thank you, you are very kind! I always like to create pages to remember things and events – it’s such fun reminiscing while getting creative and when looking back at my art journal pages too 😁. Wishing you a very Happy T Day too Deb! J 😊

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  10. Great photo of the new life boat! I spent my summers in St Ives (Cornwall) in the 50s and used to play underneath the lifeboat, as it was stored on the harbour front. I grew up with the stories of rescues from the past . We knew the crew (or my parents did) and I have always had respect for the men who risk their lives to rescue sailors in distress. Nowadays quite often through stupid behaviour on the part of the (inexperienced or drunk) sailors. When I lived and worked in the UK I was a regular supporter and used to get the magazine which I would read from cover to cover. Now, here in Spain, I am a little out of touch so I was delighted to see the new life boat. Made my day!
    Your beer festival page is great. I couldn’t enlarge it for some reason, so I can’t read the descriptions. But I bet you two had lots of fun, and met lots of likeminded people. The beers sound really nice. I have noticed thatmany beers get a unique taste through adding fruit. That is an interesting trend. I know some Belgian beer used to have fruit in it (years ago). Thanks for sharing.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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    • I’m so pleased my post bought back such happy memories and made your day, you’ve just made mine too with your lovely comments 😁. Sorry about the image, I think if you open the image in a new window you should get a bigger image to view, if not I’ve described all the beers that are on my art journal page within the text a bit further down my post 😁. Wishing you a happy T Day too! J 😊

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  11. You are always so thoughtful in the creations of your lovely pages, with meaning behind what you make. What a nice memory of the day, and great photo of you and hubs! A great cause for the festival, and an impressive arrival of the new boat to cap off the event!

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  12. Such a jolly page to remind you of that festival! It certainly looks as if a great time was had by all, and such a lovely photo of you and hubby! A shame I don’t drink or I might have been well tempted by some of them, they certainly sound interesting…

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  13. Lovely art journal page; .I like the little fishies on it, too! Reminds me of goldfish cheese crackers. Heh, heh! I never in a million years knew there were so many weird beers! Rhubarb & Ginger Ale? hmm…. Well, not being a beer drinker, I guess that is why I didn’t have a clue. Looks like a lot of fun! Happy T Day!

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  14. Those beers look and sound tasty Jo! I’ve enjoyed some Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter the last two Sundays, having lunch in a local pub, very yummy! Lovely photo of the two of you also.
    Hope you’re having a great week, and managing to stay warm and out of the snow.
    Hugs,
    Alison xx

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    • Thank you Alison 😁. There’s nothing better than locally brewed beers and Harvey’s was always our favourite when we lived down South – yum! We are enjoying the snow, yesterday I had a hysterical friendly snowball fight with my hubby and today we went for a walk with our friends with a stop at a cafe from tea and cake, to warm up of course …lol 😉. I hope you are having a great week too, stay warm! J 😊

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  15. I am back from Missouri, where I spent two very sleepless days and nights. After returning, I crashed. Finally awake and drinking my second coffee of the day, I am thrilled to see you shared your T Tuesday experience. the stout you liked sounds exactly like something I would love, too. I’m not fond of light beer. I really enjoyed the beautiful journal page, and was delighted that you also shared it with AJJ.

    Thank you for your contribution to T Tuesday this week as well as your sharing this with Art Journal Journey.

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  16. A fabulous page Jo, sounds like a lot of fun at the Festival, especially if you get ‘little’ tastes, some of them sound very interesting, although I think I might have ended up at the Gin Bar!
    Avril xx

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  17. The beer festival sounds like a very fun event and a great way to support the RNLI, Jo. You made a great page to remember all the details.
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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