I was sure some things had changed since my first visit. While I’d never claim my memory of any beer festival is, ahem, spotless, I had noticed some differences over the years. While both the festival and I have got bigger and more confident as we’ve aged, what really interested me was the change in the make-up of the rest of the crowd.
I remember having a very strong impression, back in the old days of 2008, that I was one of a very small number of women, and certainly part of a very small group of under-30s. This year, it seemed that the crowd was much more mixed – it seemed to be pretty much a 50-50 female-male split, with a whole range of different ages.