I spent last weekend getting pretty smashed at the aforementioned... I'd love to tell all in detail exactly which beers I drank and what fruity / chocolate / hoppy notes they had but, well you know. So for those actually interested in beer you'll have to make do with looking that the tasting notes:http://sussexbeerfestival.co.uk/tastingnotes_allbeer_2013.pdf
I only managed to take two photos. This first one shows the wine "section". While there were some 200+ beers available wine drinkers were also catered for:
Yes the wine section comprises those four small boxes at the end of the rack of beer. Well what do you expect if you want to drink wine at a beer festival
This second one perhaps confirms some people's dislike of stouts and porters:
No that's not one of ingredients making a bid for freedom (though there was at least one oyster stout available). It was a joke that didn't go down well, apparently it ruined a very nice beer. For the curious the reason someone took pickled squid (that's what that thing is BTW) to a beer festival is that two of my friends had just come back from trips abroad, one to Japan the other to Thailand. They'd had a competition to bring back the funkiest food. The squid came from Japan and lost the competition on the grounds that it was actually very nice. The Thai entry was some kind of dried fish that not only looked horrible but smelt and tasted far worse.
One final little point for beer nerds. Note the glass has a 1 pint beer line near the top so you get a full 568ml UK pint of beer even if it's got a head on it