Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2019
Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2019 - Report
This year marked the 10th Rail Ale festival which ran from 26 to 28 July, and also the 50th anniversary of the Shackerstone Railway Society.
The weather as you know was not kind to us and it rained again on Saturday and Sunday. There were also problems with East Midlands Trains affecting trains through Hinckley on Saturday morning, so Saturday seemed to get off to a slow start. Despite this there was a good turnout to see the displays of steam engines (both large and small), tractors, vintage vehicles and to enjoy the sound of the superb Gavioli fairground organ.
Friday and Saturday evenings Dr Busker performed to a full Goods Shed and the Anker Morris men danced on Sunday afternoon.
The Railway was unfortunately let down by the provider of the diesel engine that was due to pull the train on Friday, and despite trying, no replacement could be found at short notice, so there was no bar on Friday’s train. Saturday and Sunday the trains were steam hauled by GWR small prairie tank No 5542 which was on loan from South Devon Railway.
The bars opened on Friday morning with 81 different beers - 74 casks and 8 pins for the train.
Friday night no beers had actually run out but there was only 1 galion of Bohemian Pilsner left and 3 others has under 2 gallons. By Saturday night 30 beers had run out and 14 more ran out during Sunday.
At the end on Sunday of the 711 gallons available, 554 gallons of beer (4438 pints) had been drunk.
The first beer to sell out was Church End’s Goats Milk on Saturday afternoon closely followed by Market Bosworth’s Marmalade IPA.
The two festival specials both sold well. Buswell’s Bill’s Nut Brown lasted until Saturday evening, and the second cask of Market Bosworth 5 Mile Mild was started on Saturday afternoon.
New for this year were three real lagers which also seemed to go down well. Leatherbritches Bohemian Pilsner was first to go followed by the Kolsch and Born Slippy from Burton Town on Saturday night.
Beer of the festival was Woods Born & Bred, a 3.8% floral, hoppy pale ale.
On the cider bar we started with 32 boxes which is 640 litres. 474 litres (834 pints) were drunk.. First to sell out was Weymouth’s Perrylicious on Friday evening and by the end of Saturday night 14 had sold out. The fastest seller was Snails Bank Black Forest in 1 hour 15 minutes.
Cider of the festival was Whin Hill Browns – a single variety cider made with Norfolk grown cider apples.
The Railway had a gin bar for the first time, alongside the Pimm’s, Prosecco, country fruit wines and the Tynt Meadow Trappist beer from local Mount St Bernard’s Abbey.
Thanks go to all the volunteers involved from Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA and the Battlefield Line who helped out at the festival, without whose help the Festival could not have taken place.
Help is always needed. If you would like to assist with anything next year, no matter how small, please get in touch.
Jackie Wallis - Beer Festival Organiser
Sponsors of the 2019 Festival
Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA would like to thank the following local businesses for sponsoring a cask at this year's event:
In memory of Pete Allan
Richard III Society
Hinckley Lawnmowers, Stapleton
Pingle Petstore, Stapleton
Hercules Revived, Sutton Cheney
Julie & Paul Hubbard
S Moore & Sons Plumbing & Heating, Barwell
Onyx Windows, Hinckley
Sagegreen H R, Burbage
Lime Kilns Brew Pub, Burbage
The Royal Redgate, Fenny Drayton
The Black Horse, Sheepy Magna
The Barn Inn, Upton
TOLLG8 Garage, Hinckley
Blue Lion, Witherley
J T Tilley & Sons, Burbage
The Boss Shop Gentleman’s Barbers, Hinckley
Waggon & Horses, Ibstock
The New Inn, Peggs Green
Softleys Restaurant, Market Bosworth
Thyme Bar & Kitchen, Market Bosworth
Starmans, Market Bosworth
The Dixie Arms Hotel, Market Bosworth
Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel, Market Bosworth
The Gate Hangs Well, Carlton
Flying Spares, Market Bosworth
Mercury News, Market Bosworth
The Graphic Print, Market Bosworth
Bosworth Garage, Market Bosworth
The Clock Shop, Market Bosworth
Pink Gin Boutique, Market Bosworth
Rose & Radish, Market Bosworth
Batter of Bosworth Fish & Chips
Thistle Cottage Tea Rooms, Market Bosworth
The Cock Inn, Sibson
Lord Hop Micropub, Nuneaton
Angel Ale House, Atherstone
Printstik Labels Ltd, Hinckley
Horse & Jockey, Congerstone
The Odd House, Snarestone
Dowsett Moore, Nuneaton
Dowsett Moore, Hinckley
Hinckley Hornets RFC
The Crown Inn, Heather
Dadlington Old Gits Society
Apollo Carpets, Hinckley
Dog & Hedgehog, Dadlington
Jasper Coffee Shop, Market Bosworth
Bosworth Water Park
Pro-Tech CNC Engineering, Market Bosworth
Kayleigh Young Glass, Shenton Station
Graeme Watkins Railways
Heritage Transport Restoration & Supplies Ltd
Special thanks go to Hammonds, Pestle & Mortar and Shilton Vaults for their sponsorship, and to Sue at the Pestle, Church End Brewery, Market Bosworth Brewery, Buswells Brewery, Small Beer, LWC Northampton, Baby Bottles, Kinver Brewery and all of the local breweries who have been extremely helpful in supplying their beers, and not forgetting all of the volunteers for giving up their time to staff the event. Your help is greatly appreciated.