CTS Foreyule Feast - Drinks Notes
These are provided as part of the basic price. For a typical group of 15-16
participants, allow perhaps 3-4 litres of lemonade and/or coke, and 4-6 litres of
(cheap) orange juice.
Until 1999, real ale and cider were provided as optional extras, and bought
in bulk from the draught beer and cider list at the Jug & Firkin on Mill Road
(now Bacchanalia). About 1½ pints a head of each was allowed for; the
beer was typically a session bitter (usually whatever was cheapest), sometimes
with a smaller quantity of something darker and stronger. The cider was either
from the draught cider list, or (for smaller numbers) Weston's Old Rosie or
similar (3 pint bottle).
With the opening of Milton Brewery, and the change in Feast venue to the Empire
(6 Scarsdale Close), an experiment was tried in 2000 of providing a 72-pint cask of
Milton's Pegasus (4.2% or so, session bitter), with the first two pints pre-paid,
and anything further on the traditional beer donating bowl basis. This seemed
to work quite well. The small quantity of real cider was again obtained from
the Jug & Firkin.
In future, the committee could repeat the 2000 procedure, or else move to a system
where no alcohol is provided as part of the Feast itself, and participants can either
buy the beer provided (standard party fashion), or bring their own cider or whatever.
In either case, the exact commercial basis should be negotiated with the hosts in
advance, particularly the exact quantity of beer being bought by the CTS. There is
also the option of the CTS buying a whole cask direct. Unfortunately, 72 pints is
rather more than the usual numbers at the Feast can conveniently drink, and a 36-pint
cask is somewhat more expensive per pint.
Last updated 2001-11-12 by Mark Waller