The people in this picture are all brewers. They are all very enthusiastic about making beer. All they really want is for people to buy their beer at a pub somewhere. We all went to the Prince of Wales, which is a brew pub, for a brewers weekend. We have a pub to run too so we only got their late last night and found that most had already been doing a good job of beer appreciation. Things were starting to get silly.
But why do we think real ale will die out and we'll be drowned in a see of macro beer when their are crazy people like this who will make the stuff for the love of it? None of these people are rich and some have risked their all to make beer. Those that are not lucky enough to own a pub have various difficulties getting their product to market and a lack of free houses is part of this problem.
I don't know the names of all the people in the picture. I'll try and get them soon and update.
In the picture is Phil from Keswick, Denzel, Stuart from Foxfield, Barry from Tiger Tops and Tim from Foxfield, oh, and me. Most of the rest I've met before but still can't remember their names, mainly because I only see them when we're all quite merry.
This is only about 1/3 of the total number of brewers who attended during the weekend.