The last of our 100 walk-up tickets was sold between 6.30pm and 7pm - just a handful of odd returns (we don't give refunds, but we will try and hook up willing buyers with willing sellers) remain on the door.
Although this evening is always the most hectic, it tends to be contained in relatively short bursts - 8pm (or just before) until 9pm, and then the final 30 minutes or so tend to be non-stop. Right now (or 15 mins ago, to be precise), the Sussex Bar downstairs practically had tumbleweed blowing through it! We all know things are going to get a little crazy shortly...
By 7.10pm, we've had 18 beers sell out (Tiny Rebel from South Wales must take the prize - all three of their beers have gone already, including Urban IPA which was first to go last night!) and 7 still to reach condition. From our starting point of 222 beers, this means that a stunning 197 beers are available to choose from right now!
All-in-all, I have to say everything's gone really well so far. The beer list changes have been manageable (unlike last year, when nearly 20% of the beer list changed from the programme!), the catering options are superb (hot food on the balcony, chocolates in the Main Hall stairwell foyer and the amazing Olives and Things downstairs opposite the Bottle Bar (I admit it - I'm a sucker for chili-pickled eggs!) give a multitude of options that go great with beer.
Two-and-a-half sessions to go: here's hoping everything carries on the same vein and that the paying public is having as much fun as me (even if I am sitting in a half-lit kitchen on my own typing this blog...)