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Monday, April 16, 2012

Bottoms Up


It's been a fun week.  I've been showing my wifely support for this festival hubby's been helping to organise.




Shame I'm not a beer drinker, eh?



Luckily, they also had a fine and wide selection of ciders on tap, so I didn't go lacking (grin).  The bands were great, the company good, and a fine time was had by all.

So much so, they ran out of beer mid-way through the final night (shaking my head).  

Isn't this a cute little vehicle, the head brewer of Bushy's drives?

 




I could paste up lot's more pic's, but I think it's time I cut you all some slack here, considering the length of my last couple of posts (wink).

Gotta' run, it's time to wave my eldest off on the plane, for his return off to Uni again.  Ah well, all good things must come to an end, eh?

Hope life is treating you and yours well, too.   

56 comments:

icyhighs said...

Dang it, always wanted to visit Isle of Mann, s'pose now I won't get to since I've left UK.
The festival looks ace, I think you should subject us to more of your torture (kidding) and put up more pics.

mrsnesbitt said...

Hubby loves cider so this would have suited him down to the ground! Glad it was a success! Dxx

Tabor said...

Nice HDR!

mythopolis said...

I love the beer truck!!

Kate said...

This sounds like a great time and I love the photos. Too bad you are not a beer drinker (me neither!). Have a wonderful week, Shrinky!

Cathy said...

60 kinds of ales plus ciders and wines -- no wonder “trained assistance dogs are welcome.” I would have needed some assistance to get me out once I’d sampled the wares! What a wonderful weekend it must have been. If only I was thousands of miles closer … I would have loved to attend.

Rock Chef said...

That beer looks SOOOO good!

Vince said...

In the past I'd considered those real ale people as the result of an unholy coupling between a handlebar moustachioed army chap with campaign medals from Omdurman-Khartoum and some hemp clad hippy-chick. Now, not so much. Those lads and lassies really have something. I only wish there were more of them, breweries that is. But I expect it's really hard to break into the pub market leaving only the enthusiastic home drinker sourcing the product in offies.

What's your lad reading btw.

Shrinky said...

Hi there icyhighs, hmph, you're new here aren't you? There were a couple of grumbles (I won't name the miserable sods, they know who they are - and most importantly, so do I)on my last post regards my getting a wee bit carried away with myself, regards the photo's and such, so I've promised to be good for now. (Wink)

Welcome aboard, my friend, and thanks for stopping by.

Shrinky said...

Yeah Denise, the cider was more of the scrumpy type varieties - sheesh, potent stuff - less than a pint of it, and I was away with the fairies..!

Shrinky said...

Cheers Tabor. (What's a HDR?)

Shrinky said...

It always makes me smile when I see it tootling about the place, Dan.

Shrinky said...

I certainly will, thanks Kate. Yeah, it was a huge success this thing, there is now talk of a Winter one (eyes skywards)..

Shrinky said...

hahaha, oh Cathy, you have NO IDEA how close to the truth that is - some of these brews were above 10%!! We had to pour one of the old boys (not a day under 90)home in a taxi - his mum was not at all amused.

Shrinky said...

I hear tell it was, too, RC! (Grin)

Shrinky said...

It's still mainly stocked with a bunch of pot-bellied, middle-aged men, Vince, but thre's a fair mix of backgrounds there now. Hubby got involved as a way of involving himself more on the island - as he's gone half the time in London, and only works from home the rest of the time, it can get a wee bit isolating for him over here(as well as him under my feet all the time.

We have three breweries here, and all produce their own versions of real ale - seems times have really moved on a ways from not so long ago.

Akelamalu said...

Now that is just up our street - shame we don't live closer!

Shrinky said...

I'll drink to that, Pearl - maybe one day, eh?

Shrinky said...

Oh Vince, he's reading economics!

Leslie: said...

I was just browsing through the brochure that was sent to me a while back and read about all your famous ales. I'm not a beer drinker, either, but I'm sure your beer is fabulous. LOVE the car!

mythopolis said...

I think the beer truck and the Oscar Meyer wiener car would make a charming couple!

Shrinky said...

Hello Leslie, nice to know you are a woman after my own heart regards the beer thing (grin) - I'll chill a bottle of wine for us, instead. Oh that car, when the kids were younger and we first moved across her, it tickled them no end, every time we spotted it on the road.

Shrinky said...

Now what in the heck is an Oscar Meyer weiner car, Dan?? You've got my curiousity up, a girlie needs to know!

Ms. A said...

Guess if you are having a beer event and run out of beer, that's not a good thing, huh?

I understand one of your hometown boys is near death. Poor Robin.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind pale ales, but would totally go for the cider. Hey, it's your blog, you post however much you want. - Chewy

Mamma has spoken said...

I'm not much of a beer drink but I would have gone to that! Well, if it was here I mean. I love it when the different breweries get together and do this type thing. It's how I've found what beers I like and don't like.

bill lisleman said...

wow - It would be grand to taste that variety of beers. Looks like you even get blessed in that one picture. Blessed are the pure in beer: for they shall see the bottom of the pint.
cheers

Linda Sue said...

Loving the little truck! I had no idea the Isle of Man was so interesting- all I ever knew of that area was one time on the train to London a man sat across from me and said that he had just come from the Isle of Man where he was imprisoned for the past four years. I always associated Prison with your homeland, like a leper's island sort of thing...Thanks you for setting me straight! Glad you are not all in prison!

X. Dell said...

(1) I'm commenting on two posts, here, so bear with me.

(2) I'm a bit more prone, these days, to enjoy a hard cider, over a beer. Now that you mention it, I think I'll run upstairs and gets the last one, before the rest of the family runs out of wine.

(3) You know, if it were me driving a beer-bottled shape car, I'd bet you a hundred-to-one some cop's gonna pull me over for drunk driving.

(4) The last post: there is some gorgeous scenery around you. I don't think I'll make it to Douglas, but if I do, I'll use the last post as a travelogue.

(5) Hey, a dry dock with a boat in repair is better than a dry dock with no boat.

~Babs said...

(sticking my tongue out at whoever protested about the length of the previous post.)

I, too, love the beer truck!
A hundred years ago, in another life, when I was young, I liked beer.
These days I have to dilute even the coffee.
;-D

s.m. said...

brilliant post! very powerful and impressively, I like this approach. Thanks for this post

Shrinky said...

Hi Ms A, yeah, poor Robin Gibb, eh? He's fought a long hard battle with liver cancer. Yup, running out of real ale on a Saturday night was a wee bit embarassing. Luckily, there was a full bar with regular beers still available, but well, that's not really what folk had shown up for.

Shrinky said...

Aww, thanks Chewy (grin). I guess not everyone has the attention span to stick through with the joined up writing stuff, as most have (wink).

Shrinky said...

Hi there Momma, I think it was the atmosphere more than anything else, that made it such fun - my eldest and Sweet Sam were both old enough to join me there, and see what their dad had helped to lay on - sweet!

Shrinky said...

I couldn't resist snapping that one of the vicar, Bill (grin). Everyone working there were volunteers, and it tickled me to see him supporting the event that way!

Shrinky said...

Haaaaaaaaaa, Linda Sue, that is so funny - do you know, compared to the UK mainland, our laws over here are considered pretty Draconian? We DO lock folk up over here on a virtually nil tolerance basis - in fact the old prison was so full, we had to build a new one (but it's waaay far up in Jurby, on which was once an old airstrip, and well out of the way).

For any male offenders aged between 14-25, public flogging was a legal punishment by way of them being sentenced to "The Birch", and this law was only repealed in 1993, which incidentally was on the same year we FINALLY got around to abolishing the mandatory death penalty for murder (though latterly it was always commuted to life imprisonment)!

A recent poll showed the majority of residents here, were strongly in favour of reinstating BOTH of these now defunct laws - eeeek!

Shrinky said...

Hi X-Dell,

1. Much as I love you, I don't want us to bare anything together.. oh, BEAR?? Sorry, my mistake.

2. It appears living with you has driven your family to alcohol?

3. I think you would be safe, most of our police force are used to taking hallucinogenic trips, and have generally taken to ignoring them.

4. So long as you pay the royalties, I don't care what you do with it.

and,

5. Steering the boat with a challenged IQ is an exciting, if rather costly, adventure..

Shrinky said...

Haha, Bab's, you tell 'em, gal! (Hugs) Mehhh, s'not my fault if I was injected with a gramaphone needle at birth, is it? Anyone who tires of my constant prattle is always free to leave the site, eh? You do make me smile, and thanks for that. I LOVE the smell of perking coffee, but strangely enough I am none to partial to the actual brew - how odd is that?

Skunkfeathers said...

Raisin' a mug to you and yours!

Shrinky said...

Cheers, Skunk!

MarkD60 said...

You don't strike me as a beer drinker..

Shrinky said...

No, Mark, I'm not (spit), I hate the stuff! They did also have a good selection of perry wines and ciders, though.

Suldog said...

A beer festival that has earned the services of a man of the cloth to work as bartender must have been a good one!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

they ran out of beer?..hahaha...love it

Shrinky said...

I thought that was really sweet, Jim, he's the vicar at the local church, literally next door to where the festival was held (smile).

Shrinky said...

I know Jac - what's that saying about not being able to organise a piss-up in a brewery..? Haaaaa!

Dave said...

That glass of beer looks tempting Carol! Glad the festival went well. Wonder if my friend the publican was there? I like that car! - Dave

Shrinky said...

It's very possible Dave, the first day was by invitation only, to all the publican's and brewer's on the island.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun. And I am definitely a beer drinker!

Shrinky said...

Now it's over, Secret Agent, the feedback has been brilliant, and it looks like this festival is set to continue now, at least annually, if not bi-annually - so it seems it was certainly a worthwhile venture.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love the truck-- It'd look right at home here in Los Angeles!

Looks and sounds like all had a great time.

Safe travels to your son heading back to school.

xo jj

Shrinky said...

Oh, JJ, eldest son is safe and well, I know 'cos he phoned me to post on his bank card and phone charger he'd forgotten to pack (eyes skywards)..!

Pat Tillett said...

It sounds like something I would really enjoy! I LOVE that truck!

nansplan said...

Not a beer drinker at all, but I would love to sit with a glass of wine and visit with you!! Take care my new friend.

Shrinky said...

Hello there Nansplan, it's so good to see you again! Ahhh, I'll raise a glass to that, for sure - and you never know, maybe one day, eh?

Barbara said...

I used to be a beer drinker, but menopause came along and made me a wine drinker. Life is strange. Looks like a fun festival, though!