Last night was #7POINT5 night.
The plan was for everyone who wanted to be involved to drink a beer of 7.5% or higher at 7:30pm GMT.
To be honest, after coming up with the hair-brained scheme on a whim last week I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Would anyone bother?
Does anyone really care?
But by yesterday afternoon I was starting to feel a certain excitement.
I had a feeling that something good was going to happen, though I had no idea what that something might be.
The response was almost instant.
People all over the place were returning the salutation and posting photos of their drinks.
And there were a lot of people.
Not thousands but lots.
More than I expected if I’m honest.
I was blown away.
One lovely chap had even had a CAMRGB T-Shirt made. My wife instantly decided that he must be a very lovely man.
I started to feel a bit emotional.
I’d posted a small idea a week before and loads of people liked it and had taken part.
OK, I know we were meant to be “protesting” against the tax hike on beers and perhaps our little event did very little other than get a few more signatures (it was about 50 over the evening, I counted).
But we did do something.
Something really, well, nice.
A huge group of people got together and opened a beer and shared it and talked about it and had a laugh and got something good from it.
They got friendship and a harmless bit of fun.
And you know what?
Sometimes there’s nothing better in this world than a harmless bit of fun.
I’d like to thank everyone who took part and retweeted the petition and said “Cheers” and compared beers.
We should do it again sometime.
NB: Photos used here by permission of the following lovely CAMRGB members – @broadfordbrewer, @PaoloFernley, @sonicated, @a_gnome