Last night we went along to Craft Beer Calling a beer festival being held this weekend at The Boiler Shop, an all weather warehouse that was the birthplace of Robert Stephenson's Rocket, just behind Newcastle's Central Station.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that I like a beer, but you couldn't be more wrong...I'm completely teetotal! Not drinking doesn't prevent me from going along to events to have fun with friends, people watch, see what's happening locally and surprise, surprise, I'm always asked take the role of the designated driver - that's why my OH and friends are pleased to have me there.
The festival was a ticket only affair and by the time we arrived on Friday evening it was pretty lively.
I think the ratio of men to women was probably about 8:2, so loads of testosterone and lots of beards.
Apart from drinking cask and keg beers you could try artisan cider and have a tipple at the gin bar...
Surprisingly as a teetotaller there was also something new for me to try...Cascara and Tonic from the Pink Lane Coffee stand.
A cold drink with tonic and without milk; Cascara is the dried fruit from the coffee 'cherry', the seed of which is the coffee bean and is normally a waste product. High in caffeine it has an interesting taste - an initial bitterness with a sweet fruity aftertaste
Food was available too..
...the guys cooking it looked rather hot.