The bar: pure glamour
I went to work, getting through eight varieties: Wigwam, I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter, Coastguard, Mr Sheppard's Crook, Fat Cat Bitter, Clansman Ale, Buckled Wheel and the pleasantly-named Leaky Willy.
Upon entry, everyone is given a free Macclesfield Beer Festival commemorative pint glass which drinkers then have to use for the whole night - and many end up forming intensely close bonds with their glasses.
My commemorative glass, back in Stockwell
Visitors to the festival also get a free programme, which contains great descriptions of each drink available. Some are baffling - "the perfect secession beer", some unlikely - "an aroma of heather and smoked peat", some even more unlikely - "very smooth, hoppy and Moorish" ('moreish', shurely?!), some esoteric - "late hopping with Fuggles and Mount Hood gives a floral, grassy and herbal nose" and some wonderfully poetical - "the sweetness diminishes in the aftertaste, but the bitterness lingers".