Beer festivals are a bit like waiting for a number 57 bus. You wait ages for one and then three come along at the same time. First there was the excellent Paisley Beer Festival last week. In June there is the Fyne Ales Festival and sandwiched between these two events is a West Coast festival that often gets overlooked but, if previous ones are to go by, it promises to be a grand couple of days out drink great beer in beautiful surroundings.
The fifth Helensburgh and Lomond Real Ale Festival, organised by the local Round Table, takes place in the wonderful setting of Helensburgh Sailing Club on the bonnie banks of the Clyde on the 2oth and 21st of May. Last years festival was basked in brilliant sunshine and it was a perfect way to spend a few glorious hours sampling some delicious beers.
It is a festival with a distinctive local feel with the huge selection of beers coming from Scottish brewers. Included in this years list are -
Fyne Ales Avalanche, Jarl, Hurricane Jack, Highlander and Sublime Stout
Williams Bros Brewery Seven Giraffes, Ceilidh, Midnight Sun, Kelpie and Ginger Beer
Tryst Brockville Pale, Blathan, Transatlantic Hop Trials No 2 and Zetland Wheatbier
Orkney Brewery Skull Splitter and Corncrake
Sulwath The Black Galloway, Galloway Gold and Criffel
Stewart's Pentland IPa and Edinburgh No 3.
Harviestoun Schiehallion, Haggis Hunter, Bitter and Twisted
Cairngorm Black Gold and White Lady
The money raised by the two day festival will be going to local children's charities so it's a conscience free way of getting out of the house for the day and getting yourself down to the Clyde coast and enjoying some excellent beers.
What's stopping you?