I initially began writing this on my phone whilst at the after party for last years bash. The party itself had a very celebratory feel to it. Regardless of whether we have made a profit or not, we set out what we achieved to do, and the Beer Bash was a much bigger success than any of us could have dared dream.
Whilst it all went smoothly from a customer point of view (mostly, I’m sure there were people who are complaining to their friends about aspects they didn’t like), there were many learning curves behind the scenes, which we all adapted to accordingly to ensure that the Beer Bash went well for the customers.
Despite the final figures not being in from this year yet, there is already talk of next year. Many of the brewers, food stalls, and volunteers from this year have already said they’d like to come back, and all of the team want to as well.
From my perspective of being based in the Cash Office this year, I have already asked for a bit of help (A lack of volunteers meant that I ended up doing everything myself, which I fear may have been responsible for errors creeping in as I rushed around to keep tokens in circulation, and actual money safely locked away. ). An underestimation of how much beer the Friday evening crowd would drink meant a frantic rush around all of the bars, counting the tokens, and then returning freshly filled trays to the token desk.
Tomorrow, I return to my full time job. The one I do just because it earns me money. Last weekend I worked harder than I have done in ages. It wasn’t done for any money, yet it left me with the most satisfaction I’ve had from a job in ages. It has been a delight and privilege to have been a part of this team, especially as someone who is a visitor to the area.
There is a strong believe amongst the ten of us behind the Beer Bash that we changed something, we achieved something, and we defied peoples expectations. After all, why would you expect 10 normal people with very little experience in organising a festival to pull off something like the Birmingham Beer Bash?
As I write this, I’m sat in The Platform Tavern in Southampton. Having been a part of bringing great beer to Birmingham, I’d love to be able to do the same here. Maybe not on the same scale, but one step at a time…