So, it's all over. The crowds have gone, the competitors departed. The tears have dried, the medals have been won and lost. London can get back to normal.
Yes, the annual Great British Beer Festival can notch up another successful few days. But it was a close-run thing. A rival event threatened the beer drinkers' jamboree this year. Just up the road, and down the road too, something called the Olympics was going on. No idea what that was about but it created uncertainty about just what the impact would be on the GBBF.
For a start, the usual venue, Earls Court, was being used for volleyball, so organisers Camra had to take the event back to its old home at Olympia. For obscure logistical reasons the train shuttle connection between the two was suspended for the duration, so a lot of people, like me, had to walk.
It was a gruelling test of stamina. They should have put in refreshment points along the route, like they do for the marathon. But with beer instead of water, obviously.
I heard that some brewers had decided not to take stands at the festival this year, worried about how all this would hit visitor numbers. According to Camra there wasn't enough room for them all anyway, so that worked out nicely.
Final figures showed that 47,500 people attended, well down on Earl's Court's highest of 65,000, but the most that have ever packed into Olympia, a sign of how much the festival, and interest in beer, has grown over the years.
It certainly felt good and buzzy for the Tuesday afternoon trade session. Everyone seemed pleased to be back at Olympia, too. It's a nicer, airier venue.
Apparently, Earl's Court is going to be demolished, which means the GBBF is going to have to stay at Olympia or find somewhere else. It could mean Camra will have to settle for smaller attendances, which would be a shame if only because it's become a powerful means of harnessing a beer drinkers' lobby.
A push on the petition to halt the beer duty escalator saw the number of signatures climb by 10,000 to 82,000 during the event. As further incentive, Camra released research to suggest that young people are being priced out of the pub, with the 38% of 18 to 24s who visited pubs weekly in 2005 being slashed to 16%.
It's a disturbing trend, and calls for one last Olympian effort to get signatures up to the Parliamentary debate-triggering 100,000. Go to www.saveyourpint.co.uk.