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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hbb3RYW_xak/TuXApJNK0-I/AAAAAAAADBg/i5U_SVRKVDw/s320/winterales2012.png (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hbb3RYW_xak/TuXApJNK0-I/AAAAAAAADBg/i5U_SVRKVDw/s1600/winterales2012.png)I attended my last National Winter Ales (http://nwaf.org.uk/) Organising Committee Meeting on Saturday. Last this festival I mean. Almost everything is arranged. Last minute snags were identified and decisions were made and we are good to go - though of course there will be more last minute hitches and more decisions needed. I spent quite a lot of time last week doing a tortuous risk assessment for Greater Manchester Police and updating our internal stuff. Others have sweated over beer orders, cider orders, what we need from HQ stores, what we have to buy locally, how we will steward the event, advertise it, get sponsorship, print tickets, discuss and agree food availability, order glasses, design signs, design the programme, order transport for goods and staff, sign up staff to work, arrange duties and a million other less obvious things. It is a giant jigsaw that has to come together by the trade session on Wednesday 18th January. With Christmas and New Year, it doesn't leave a lot of time and plenty of us will be dedicating some of that holiday time to ensuring there are no last minute problems. I for instance will be pulling some stuff together for some of the legal requirements that we have to follow, but then forgetting about it for a week or two. Hopefully.

Those of you that are interested in the beer list can find it here (http://nwaf.org.uk/british-beers/british-beer-list/), with foreign beers here (http://nwaf.org.uk/foreign-beers/) and real ale in a bottle here (http://nwaf.org.uk/real-ale-in-a-bottle/raib-list/). As always, genuine beer bloggers are considered as trade, so if you'd like trade session tickets and are a blogger, please let me know and I will arrange for them to be sent to you.

This really is a cracking festival with a great choice of beer, a friendly outlook and of course it is held in Manchester, one of the finest beer cities in the UK. What's stopping you? See you there then.

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