If there’s one place you know you can always get a pint, it’s an Oktoberfest event.
But unfortunately this wasn’t the case at Weymouth Oktoberfest which ran out of beer three-and-a-half hours before the festival was due to end.
The two-day festival in Dorset has been slammed by angry punters after attendees were promised a choice of 50 real ales – only to be told that taps had been drunk dry by 8pm.
Beer lovers – who paid £11.50 for entry – were offered refunds or cider, but were ultimately left disgruntled by the situation, with one person claiming it was the ‘worst beer festival’ ever.
Ian Liversidge, 54, a food seller from Glastonbury, Somerset, said: ‘It’s the worst beer festival I have ever been to. ‘The organisers would have known by the end of their Saturday afternoon session they were almost out of ale but they didn’t see fit to tell anyone in advance.
‘There were four beers out of 50 left on tap at 7.45pm on Saturday night and they were gone by 8pm.
‘It ruined what was going to be a great night out tasting new beers. By the time I had finished my first pint they had run out.
‘We are a civilised crowd us real ale drinkers so we didn’t kick off but some people walked out in disappointment. I will certainly not be coming again.’
Colin Bell was equally as disappointed, taking to social media to write: ‘I couldn’t help but agree with another punter who said ‘CAMRA couldn’t organise a p*ss up in a beer festival!’’
Steve Jones added: ‘The event was seriously badly organised. Surely if there’s a run on stock they should have a back up plan to get more in.
‘In all the years of beer festivals, I’ve never known anything like it.’
The Oktoberfest event was attended by 900 people who drank 4,000 pints of beer and cider over two days.
Responding to complaints, the West Dorset branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said they had to adhere to strict guidelines issued by their national body over the amount of beer and cider they could order.
In a statement, a spokesman said: ‘The West Dorset branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) we would like to make it publicly known that the reason we sold out of beer so early Saturday night, disappointing the majority of Saturday night customers was due to the governs of CAMRA’s national budgeting policy for ordering quantities of beer and cider for CAMRA beer festivals.
‘We were adhering to those strict guidelines for the festival to happen. ‘Customers were compensated for their disappointment with extra tokens for cider and refunds were given if requested.”
CAMRA bar manager Rich Gabe said: ‘It’s a shame we were not able to offer Saturday night customers the fantastic range of beer that was on offer at the previous sessions.
‘This is an issue that has been notified to CAMRA’s head office in St Albans and we are awaiting a response.’
Catherine Tonry, National Festival Organiser for CAMRA, said: ‘CAMRA operates a policy in that each local festival applies for beer festival funding based on the number of visitors they expect through the door.
‘The Weymouth branch’s beer order was based on previous atendee numbers – obviously, the festival was much more popular this year than ever before.
‘It’s great to see the people of Weymouth enjoying the range of brews available at a CAMRA fest, and we’re confident that the success will encourage the branch to order more beer for next year.’
Story sourced from – The Metro