A Be-aver My Valentine Retrospective.
Video by Cedar Film Co – https://vimeo.com/cedarfilmco
(All images by Calum Simpson except for shots of The Graveltones, taken from Cedar Films video above.)
This Saturday we were host to 30 breweries from the UK and around the world, and over 3000 beer fans, as we celebrated entering our fourth year as Beavertown Brewery. As well as throwing a birthday party for ourselves, we wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all the great brewers and drinkers who have helped us get to where we are today… people we have learned from via brewing together on various collaborations, folks who have taken us round cities, around the globe, come to visit us at beer events, and of course all the people who drink the beer we make! And what a celebration it was! It was an amazing day for both brewers and beer lovers alike with more than 80 rare and delicious offerings. The full list of beers we featured can be found here.
When the doors opened to the public at 1pm, we were completely mobbed. We had made the event completely free and ticketless in the name of inclusivity – something we have always tried to maintain – but it turned out this was the critical error. It meant we reached safe capacity very quickly and a lot of people did not make it in. The call to shut the gates was made for the safety and comfort of everyone on site. It was naïve of us to think we could throw the sort of party we used to as a smaller, younger brewery, giving each and every person who supports us a hug, individually and it was tricky to convey over social media just how heartbroken we were to leave people out. For those of you who did not make it into the party this year: please allow us to apologise wholeheartedly, especially to those of you who we know travelled considerable distances. Drop us a line, come say hi whenever you’re back in town and we’ll do our best to make it up to you. We absolutely hear the feedback we have been receiving about ticketing / attendance control, and will be implementing something along those lines for future events. Watch this space.
(Also, a reminder that any unused Beaver Bucks can be used at further Tap Room Saturdays – one stamp = one core range can / any draft beer.)
We had over 60 awesome, enthusiastic volunteers, each clad in the brightest tie dye we could get our hands on (purely for practical reasons, you understand!) who graciously handled the onslaught of thirsty people, manning 30 bars and representing for each of their guest breweries’ beers. We can’t extend enough thanks to them, who kept everyone smiling and put in what can only be described as a breathtaking amount of work. Thanks guys! You were all absolutely amazing.
Getting the one other recurring complaint in early, we will also be getting way more toilets next time. Nobody likes queueing, especially for the toilet, especially after drinking beer. Again, another poor judgement call, but we live and we learn.
The party was in full swing by about 2:30pm. Over the course of the day we had some incredible bands playing. Starting with Goats In Trees, followed by our very own Pete and Talf, Hoopla Blue, Lady President, then headlined by the formidable duo that are The Graveltones. We’re sure videos of their barnstorming performance will start to trickle in but to give you some idea… CLICK HERE. All excellent accompaniments to beer, and creators of an incredible vibe. Following the bands, DJs kept everyone dancing to an incredible/questionable range of music (and Destiny’s Child) well into the evening. Again, our heartfelt thanks guys!
The food was phenomenal too. Our very own Duke’s flipping flipping good burgers, Love Crumbs with their sweet cakey goodness, Kimchinary (my first Korean Burrito – wow), Peel and Chimney’s delectable wood-fired pizzas and Grill My Cheese (only sub-humans and lactose intolerants don’t like cheese) feeding the hungry masses alongside Square Root Soda providing carefully crafted soft offerings and LONGFLINT serving up draft craft cocktails to get a break from all the beer.
I guess the last thing to say is one more Thank You! Thanks for being here this weekend and making it so special. We had a great time and we learned a lot. We do this because we love it, and we couldn’t do it without you. Hopefully see you all very soon.
Cake by Victoria Yorke and Laura Wrightson!
PS — thanks for all the emails and tweets of support and suggestions for next year.