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Visitors hail the ale at brewers’ market in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 23:39 24 May 2015 | UPDATED: 23:39 24 May 2015

Norwich City of Ale 2015 festival publicans, brewers and supporters raise a glass at the launch in the memeorial gardens, Norwich.Pictured front Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich City of Ale 2015 festival publicans, brewers and supporters raise a glass at the launch in the memeorial gardens, Norwich.Pictured front Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter Photo: Steve Adams

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015

Visitors to Norwich were given the chance to sample a number of beers on offer at pubs across Norwich during this year’s City of Ale Festival.

Norfolk Brewhouse, Two Rivers, Poppyland, the All Day Brewing Company and Shackleton were among beer makers represented in the brewers’ market held on Millennium Plain at the Forum on Saturday.

The event has been a popular fixture in the Norwich City of Ale Festival calendar since the 10-day festival was first held five years ago – and so it proved again this weekend.

Dawn Leeder, co-chairman of the festival, which was launched on Thursday, said: “It’s always a great event being at The Forum, in the centre of Norwich on the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend – you get a lot of people passing through.

“We had the Golden Star Morris and also the City of Ale bus, which looks lovely.”

Miss Leeder said people attending this year’s festival, which runs until May 31, would be able to choose from more than 250 beers which was an “all time record” for the event.

She said they had been “really, really pleased” with how this year’s event had started, with reports of people coming from out of the county to attend, including places as far away as Newcastle and Derby.

Phil Cutter, co-chairman, said: “It’s gone really well and, after the past five years, we’re now at a stage where it runs itself to an extent.

“It’s now on people’s real ale calendars as part of that beer festival scene and people are coming from far and wide.”

Visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyourlocal for more on local pubs in and around the city.

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