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Festival 2003

The 2003 festival was a great success!

This year's festival was held from 5th to 7th June 2003. The festival was a great success - so much so that tickets actually sold out before we opened. This is the first time in the festival's history that this has happened. We hope that this will encourage people to buy tickets a little earlier next year (they normally go on sale approximately 8 weeks before the festival).

The reason why we had to limit numbers through the door is in order that we didn't run out of beer. We had a meeting a couple of weeks after the festival to discuss how it went and how we could improve the festival for next year. We've already got a number of ideas as to how we can have more beer at the festival, despite being unable to expand the existing bar areas.

We'd also like to thank our customers who donated their spare beer tokens to this year's charity, instead of obtaining a refund. Their generosity generated a massive 692.20 for the Southampton Talking Echo.

Beer of the Festival

The results from this year's beer of the festival, as voted by our customers, are as follows:


Overall Winner

        Isle of Skye - Cuillin Beast

Standard Strength beers (<= 4.5%)

  1. Cheriton - Village Elder (3.8%)
  2. Dwan - Black Pearl (4.3%)
  3. Salopian - Lemon Dream (4.5%)

Stronger beers (> 4.5%)

  1. Isle of Skye - Cuillin Beast (7.0%)
  2. Oakleaf - Hole Hearted (4.7%)
  3. Grand Union - Honey Porter (4.9%)