The craft beer festival took place at The Baths, a charming music venue nestled in the heart of Ipswich. It offered three sessions to choose from: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening. Our journey from Colchester on the train to the Saturday afternoon session was a lively one, as Ipswich Town FC had a home game on the same day, and the train was bustling with excited fans, and the town itself was buzzing.
Although the festival didn’t feature an extensive array of craft breweries, the ones that participated brought their finest offerings to the table. This was a refreshing touch, as it would have been easy for breweries to stick with their tried-and-true core beers for a small event. When I discussed this with Ed, the organiser, he confirmed that this was a deliberate choice, and he had specifically requested that the latest and best beers be showcased.
In summary, this was an outstanding small-scale beer festival, marred only by the use of plastic glasses, which felt out of place for an indoor event. Despite this minor drawback, the festival offered an array of delightful craft beers and a vibrant atmosphere.