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Canny Bevvy 243

Issue 243 of Canny Bevvy spring 2018

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42ND NEWCASTLE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL The Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival is one of the oldest in the country. When it started, it was difficult to buy real ale in Newcastle, there were no micro-breweries and the range of beer styles was somewhat limited. The Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA branch now has over 40 breweries, neighbouring branches also have many great breweries. There are many reasons to make sure that you plan a visit to the festival. On the opening day, the results of the Battle of the Beers competition are announced. The competition is open to breweries based in our branch area, this year as we have so many breweries we have 2 categories (so we don’t have too many beers brewed to the same brief/spec.), the categories are a wheat beer or an American IPA. So we will have 2 category winners and an overall winner. The winning beers will probably sell out early on Wednesday evening. Wednesday is the key day for many beer enthusiasts, as obviously beer sells out as the festival progresses. Thursday is ‘Hat Day’, nothing like Ascot – people turn-up with homemade hats (which are often somewhat eccentric), any old hats that they own, or alternatively festival-goers buy a hat from the St Oswald’s Hospice charity hat stall. Friday is always busy, many people take the day off work and come along early afternoon. To pick-up the atmosphere we have music after 8.30 pm, Shipcote and Friends will help create a party atmosphere. The festival opens at noon on Saturday and closes at 5.00 pm. As is now the tradition, we will have music on Saturday afternoon. It is one of the biggest cider festivals in the country, only a few festivals apparently have more ciders than our festival. The cider bar staff are always helpful, able to advise on taste and ensure that you will find a cider or perry to your taste. The festival is run by volunteers, over a hundred every year, some from the local branch, some from neighbouring branches and we also have volunteers from across the country. It is hard work, but obviously fun, as people return every year. CAMRA members get in free (entrance is £3.00), there is a deposit on a glass or you can take your glass home as a souvenir. The venue (Northumbria University Students Union) is handy for public transport connections at the Haymarket. Put the date in your diary, tell your friends, come along and have a great time. Martin Ellis Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival Committee Chair Issue 243 • Spring 2018 11

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