A Pub Beer Festival Featuring Irish and Manx Beers

We were away for the weekend and I was able to visit an interesting beer festival at the Swan in Crawley accompanied by my brother-in-law.

I grew up in Crawley and the Swan has stuck with real ale through the decades, even when almost everyone else was serving Watney’s Red Barrel or the like.  The Swan is one of the few pubs in Crawley that features regularly in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.

Interestingly, the Beer Festival focused on beers from the Isle of Man and Ireland and having lost the last couple of beer festival programmes, I carefully ensured I brought this one home with my tasting notes and then promptly mislaid it.  If I unearth it I will update this post with more information.

The majority of beers were light or red bitters that were in good condition but none tasted outstanding.  I scored most between 6.5 and 7.5 out of 10.

My preference is for dark brown bitters, stouts and porters and there were one or two darker beers available. One of these called “Irish Stout” stood out and earned a 9/10. I wish I could remember the brewer!

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