Last Friday I made it down to the Waltham Forest corporation sports and social club – just to the side of the impressive town hall. It was the 6th festival to run here and featured mainly beer from near the sea, the main exception being a new special from Redemption of Tottenham – ‘Shack at the Back’.
Up to 18 beers were available at any one time – 14 on the special additional bar and 4 on the regular bar.
Straight after work it was fairly quiet – no problems getting a seat and the small outside space was nice to take in the last of the Friday sun. But once the music kicked in the place filled out and got really quite busy!
I only took photos of the final two bands – I’d kept promising myself I’d leave and then didn’t! Corporal machine and the bombers were billed as ‘a cross between Ian Dury and Chas and Dave, meeting in a Romford nightclub’. Well… I could easily see Ian Dury in the Essex estuary musings but maybe not Chas and Dave. I loved the tuba though. A big thumbs up!
The final band on were Eastroad, who I’d sat with for most of the night and scared slightly with my beer
The 7th beer festival will be held in November and feature beers from along the River Severn. It’s well worth the walk from Walthamstow Central. Beers are currently £2.50pp or £1.25 per half.
I think next time I will plan to stay!