Thursday 3rd November 2011
This was the second time we'd visited the club this year for a beer festival. We said we would be back and we were. We were greeted by stalwart supporter, club benefactor and beer festival worker Mark Harrison who poured us a beer.
This festival it is so relaxed. Walk in, pick up a glass and beer list from a table by the door, approach a bar, buy beer (or cider), go to seat and enjoy. Beers and cider/perry were £2.70 a pint. The bar faces Oliver Street and is in the West Stand.
The beer list was very eclectic with a lot of newly-established breweries represented. In addition to this there were some traditional ciders and perries as follows: Crones (Norfolk) Owld Norfolk Cider (7.4%) and Perry (6.3%); Gwynt Y Ddraig (Pontypridd, Wales) Two Trees Perry (4.5%); Core Fruit (Kent) Strawberry Cider (5.5%) and Hardcore Cider (8.0%).
Snacks were all £1.00 each, consisting of a large variety of filled flatbreads and also large bags of olives.
The beer menu was too extensive to reproduce here but take a look at a few of the breweries represented. We had not heard of a lot of them. Barney's (Edinburgh), Blueball (Runcorn), Bridestones (Hebden Bridge), East London Brewing (Leyton), Kissingate (Horsham), Liverpool Craft (Liverpool), Norton Priory (Runcorn), Saxon City (Hereford), Smart Brewing (Preston), Tudor (Abergavenny), Tynebank (Newcastle).
A thoroughly recommended festival.
For further details on future festivals please consult the website: www.orientsupporters.org
There are two beer festivals each year and they commence at 17.00 on a Thursday and Friday. The Supporters Club is in the West Stand in Oliver Street. There is access from the street and there are no entry requirements for the Beer Festivals.
The full address is: The Leyton Orient Football Club Supporters Club,
Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road, London. E10 5NF. Tel: 0208 988 8288