December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Beer drinkers are counting down the days to the start of the 36th Norwich Beer Festival, which runs from Monday, October 28 to Saturday, November 2.
Organised by the Norwich and Norfolk branch of Camra (the Campaign for Real Ale), it will again be held at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls.
Festival organiser Martin Ward said that advance tickets for the evening sessions have sold quicker than expected, so he is expecting to be as busy as ever this year.
He said: “Judging by the chatter on our Facebook page and Twitter account (@NorwichBeerFest), people from near and far are gearing up for visiting Norwich and the 36th beer festival.
“This year we will trial showcasing a larger range of ales from one brewery not often found in Norfolk pubs. Arbor Ales Brewery from Bristol is this year’s choice and Arbor beers will be available in a dedicated area in St Andrew’s Hall.
“Also we will be welcoming beers from new breweries including S&P Brewery based in Horsford, Lacons of Great Yarmouth and Shortts Farm of Thorndon, near Eye.”
Tutored tastings will run again this year with tickets available for Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes.
The sessions will be led by notable local brewers Phil Halls, from Grain, Stephen George, from Humpty Dumpty, and Neil Bain, from Woodforde’s.
Meanwhile, world-renowned beer writer Roger Protz will host the foreign beer session on Tuesday.
He will also sign his new book ‘300 More Beers to try before you die’ on Tuesday evening, and expert Mick Lewis will guide those keen to learn more about the many different ciders and perries on Saturday.
New for this year will be the introduction of beer cards, instead of tokens, for use at all the bars. The cards can be purchased for either £5 or £10, with or without the glass deposit, and this is expected to speed up the entrance to the festival.
As in previous years unused amounts can be refunded, or better still, donated to the branch charity, the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. Beer cards will be marked off according to the cost of the drink purchased.
An estimated total of 10,000 volunteer-hours are required to run the festival, which opens on Monday afternoon with a session exclusively for local publicans, brewers and wholesalers.
Mr Ward added: “This is Camra’s way of thanking them for their support to the branch throughout the year, and is a great chance for everyone to mingle and sometimes meet face to face for the first time.”
For more details visit http://www.norwichcamra.org.uk/festival/taste13.htm