Beerfest 2011 full of “great spirits”

The Kinloch Hotel beer fest in full swing last weekend with berr and music to keep everyone going.

The Kinloch Hotel beer fest in full swing last weekend with berr and music to keep everyone going.

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A CARNOUSTIE beer and live music festival pulled in the crowds over the weekend.

The Kinloch Arms Hotel hosted their fourth annual beerfest from Friday until Sunday last week.

The Kinloch Hotel beer fest in full swing last weekend with berr and music to keep everyone going.

The Kinloch Hotel beer fest in full swing last weekend with berr and music to keep everyone going.

The festival featured 12 live bands as well as over 20 cask ales, flavoured ciders and Continental lagers, plus a large selection of exotic cocktails.

Manager of the Kinloch Arms Jonathon MacInally said: “I reckon we had over a thousand people in over the three days, but I don’t have exact numbers I’m afraid.”

According to Jonathon the event was very well received and he is pleased that the beer festival came off without a hitch.

He said: “We had an exceptional turnout this year, it was just fantastic. The bands were excellent and the quality was so consistently good.”

Mama’s Baby, The Sons Of Bertie Bassett, Lady Miss Emma, Last Orders, The Junk Yard Dogs, Deadlight Red, Revolution, Tonka, The Little Wolves, Ben Hutchison and Ruby Jack, Xtra Sweet and Independence all played over the three days on the stage set up on the flat bed of a lorry in the Kinloch car park.

Jonathon continued: “It was a great weekend with great spirits.”

Even the weather held out for the festival despite it being nearly autumn. Jonathon added: “It was a wee bit colder on the Sunday, but I’m surprised and pleased that we didn’t get any rain, especially considering the recent weather we’ve been having.”

Work began first thing on Monday morning to dismantle the large tents and the fencing that was used to create a mini-festival in the centre of Carnoustie.

On Tuesday Jonathon said: “It’s almost all done. Lee Ritchie will be round to take down the outside bar and I’ve also had a lot of help from Grant Stewart as well.”

Preparations for next year are already under way, and Jonathon is keen for improving the festival each year that he can.

He said: “We’ve already thought about next year. There are a couple of bands that have booked already.

“Every year we learn a bit more and every year it gets a bit better.”

Laughing, he added: “For next year we’re going to try and get Oasis to reform, or maybe get the Beatles back together!”

The legacy of this year’s beer festival will linger a little longer however, as the Kinloch Arms hosts ‘Vodka Weekend’ in an effort to shift the remaining flavoured vodkas.