Beer Festival 2019

As you may remember, every February we volunteer at the Fleetwood Beer Festival, we work behind the bar serving customers and of course trying all the different beers, you can find our favourite ones on my art journal page below (grin!).

This page is created using recycled materials; this includes some beer packaging that contained one of my hubby’s Christmas presents, our Beer Festival magazine tasting notes and also a Beer Festival flyer. I started by selecting the tasting notes for our favourite beers; as we taste the different beers we always enjoy writing our opinions on the tasting notes provided in the magazine so these are included too (grin!). I arranged them onto the page so they are surrounded by pieces of the black and tan beer packaging and like everything on this page they are stuck down using a glue stick. The “Beer & Cider Festival” wording is also from the Beer Festival magazine and the glass of beer image is from a flyer; they are all stuck onto a piece of recycled card to give them more stability. I cut them out, edged them with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them in place. Then I coloured and shaded the “Beer & Cider Festival” using a Yellow and also a Gold Spectrum Aqua Marker so it stood out more which finished the page.

The beers listed on my page included:

  • Milk Chocolate Stout (Alcohol By Volume or ABV 5%) North Riding Brewery in Scarborough, North Yorkshire – a dark milk chocolate stout. The addition of lactose mutes the bitterness of the hops and dark malts to produce a sweet stout.
  • Amber Necker (ABV 3.9%) Pennine Brewery in Well, North Yorkshire – being amber in colour, this is a great session beer with a smooth and creamy texture and a fantastic hoppy aftertaste.
  • Dark Side of the Moose (ABV 4.6%) Purple Moose in Porthmadog, Gwynedd – a delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour and a fruity bitterness.
  • Lemon Dream (ABV 4.5%) Salopian Brewery in Shrewsbury, Shropshire – a light gold ale brewed with wheat malt and subtly flavoured with fresh lemons.
  • Dark Ruby (ABV 6%) from Sarah Hughes in Sedgley, West Midlands – a dark strong ale with a good balance of fruit and hops, leading to a pleasant, lingering hops and malt finish.
  • Don’t Give A Dram (ABV 4.9%) Sonnet 43 Brewery in Coxhoe, Country Durham – Full-Bodied reddish Brown ale with a low hop content and tastes of toffee and caramel. Nourished in former whiskey oak barrels, hence the name.
  • Jaipur (ABV 5.9%) Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, Derbyshire – Flavoursome IPA packed with citrus hoppiness that’s nicely counterbalanced by malt and underlying sweetness and robust fruit flavours.
  • Stay Puft (ABV 5.2%) Tiny Rebel Brewery in Newport, Wales – This marshmallow porter has the classic roasty qualities of a proper dark ale, with a smooth sweetness.
  • Guzzler (ABV 3.6%) York Brewery in York, Yorkshire – Refreshing golden ale with dominant hop and fruit flavours developing throughout.

The busiest day was Friday, as you can see the hall was quite packed with people trying the 100+ beers and ciders that we had on offer. If you look carefully you’ll see me in the photo (grin!).

We had lots of fun chatting with customers, listening to the live bands and of course, sampling many of the beers (double grin!).

You can see all the casks of beer where we were serving in the background, this size of cask is known as a “firkin” and holds 9 imperial gallons which is 72 pints. We always like to try the beers that we are selling and write notes so that we can recommend a particular beer to our customers (well that’s my excuse for trying so many and I’m sticking to it) – Cheers!


As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining the T Gang with my beer related post and wishing you all a very Happy T day!

I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art and The Colour Yellow challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun including yellow on my beer festival art journal page.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge their challenge is Typography, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too as I collaged plenty of letter typed papers on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Beer Festival art journal page.

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:

  • Festival tasting notes magazine
  • Beer packaging
  • Festival Flyer
  • Recycled Card
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker (Yellow, Gold)
  • Pritt Stick

26 thoughts on “Beer Festival 2019

  1. every time i read a beer post from you, i must think i have a very boring beer life… always pils, which i really enjoy when having a meal. (actually even alcohol free;)) i like it a little bitter… in my small town craft beers are not all the rage, and very expensive if you get one from small breweries. so i´m an amateur, but your journal page is perfect! and i especially enjoyed the funny names of the brands 🙂 happy t-day!

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  2. 100+ beers and ciders – oh my gosh – and those names of the beers – heavenly!
    Yes I found you under the blue/yellow barrel!
    The page is a perfect tribute to this festival and I am happy it fits Rike’s “Yellow” theme so perfectly dear Jo! Thank you very much for joining us again with your wonderful art and posting – lovely photo of the both of you ! ♥♥♥ Such a photogenic couple!

    Happy T-Day and happy rest of your week my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  3. That always looks like such a fun and tasty event. I love the name purple moose-we could have a brewery here named that. And I like the lower alcohol percentages. I was out the other day looking at a beer list and some of them on the list were as high as 13%. Holy cow.I would like to try that stout too. It would make a good after dinner drink. Happy T day-or should I say B day for the beer. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Yes I found you under the blue/yellow barrel! (like Susi did)
    Oh, what a great festival! I never thought of beer for my theme, but really – it is yellow :))
    You made a fantastic art page and the photo of you and hubby is so lovely, it makes happy to look at it!
    Thank you very much for linking this amazing art journal page to AJJ! I appreciate it!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  5. What a very fun day for the both of you! and I love your page to feature the event. when I found out I had celiac-no gluten-I had to give up beer-now they do have a few good gluten free ones made with sorghum grain.
    I agree with you that I try not to worry too much about things on my art and crafts need not be totally perfect as it is suppose to be fun-so thank for reminding me about that-hugs
    Happy T Kathy

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  6. Its a fantastic journal page Jo and a great way to remember your favourite beers.
    It looks like a well supported festival.
    Lemon Dream and Don’t give a dram were names that appealed to me. The second name I picked out is a beer brewed as you say in Durham , the next county to us, so I will have to tell my men folk to look out for it.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Yay, I’ve been looking forward to the annual beer festival, Jo. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which touted itself as the Beer Capital of the World back then. But that was a time of big breweries – Pabst, Schlitz, Budweiser. I like the trend to artisanal beers and love your stories of the festival.

    Interestingly, a small batch brewery/restaurant recently opened here in our little rural corner of Mexico. We’re delighted!

    That Milk Chocolate Stout sounds tasty to me. Great photo of you guys.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  8. What a great page. To use your beer tasting notes is a good idea and you will remember this day every time you look at your journal page.
    Yes, I spotted you on the left.
    Some of those beers have real fun names but still reveal something about their character.
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  9. What a beautiful page Jo! I love how you have combined all the names of the beers that you like the most, as well as the background, Gorgeous !!
    That beer festival had to be great and you can see that it was a lot of people, a fabulous day, and I found you in the photograph 🙂
    Happy afternoon to you, and
    big hugs, Caty

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  10. I am sorry for visiting so late. To see why that is, please see this post ( which will explain and I won’t have to for each T Tuesday participant I visit.

    Yes, I found you in the photo. There were tons of people there, and I was laughing at the various names of the beers. Of course, the only one I would want is stout. And this stout sounds great. Thanks for sharing this journal page and photos of the event with us for T this week.

    Thanks, too, for joining us at Art Journal Journey. We are so happy you shared this and that you are so supportive of Rike’s theme, too.

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  11. A fun page celebrating the Beer Festival which looks very popular. Although I’m not a beer drinker, I do like the names and think I could be tempted by some of them. I did spot you in the photo and that’s a nice one of you and hubby.
    Avril xx

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