Anniversary time at Norwich’s Whalebone pub

Steve Fiske and Mike Lorenz welcome regulars and visitors to The Whalebone for their 20th beer festi

Steve Fiske and Mike Lorenz welcome regulars and visitors to The Whalebone for their 20th beer festival.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Pulling pints for the people of Norwich for four decades and counting, Owner of the Whalebone Mike Lorenz is starting the celebrations with the annual beer festival at the Magdalen Road pub this week.

And this year the first barrel of a new pale ale will be tapped at the pub as the team bring in the first delivery of the latest brew from Woodfordes.

Running until Sunday, the festival will see thousands of gallons of ale sunk, along with a barbecue and live music through the week.

'This is our 20th year of the beer festival, running from now until Sunday,' said Mr Lorenz. 'There will be something in excess of 40 cask ales from both local and regional breweries.'

Proceeds from the festival will be going to a new local charity, It's On The Ball, encouraging men to check for testicular cancer.

'It is a message which gets out there best through sport and in pubs, which is why we thought it is important for us to help with,' added Mr Lorenz.

'We will be supporting them as our dedicated charity this year, selling t-shirts and donating money.

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'It is local to Norwich but spreading out into Norfolk, raising awareness around testicular cancer, and their aim is to reach out to as many areas as they can. 'We have held a quiz with all the proceeds going to On The Ball. There is live music arranged for Thursday evening, and running from Thursday there will be a barbecue in the garden to give people something to munch on with their beer.'

In a bumper anniversary year, general manager Steve Fisk is also celebrating 22 years at the helm of the Whalebone.

'We will be doing special weekends to mark the occasion through the year, and will be looking to sell around 2,800 gallons of beer over the course of week,' Mr Lorenz said. 'We will be carrying a lot of local beers, and we have a new Woodfordes Ale on sale this weekend called Reed Lighter. 'That is the first pale ale they have done and we are getting the first barrel delivered this weekend.'

Live music will held held this evening from 8pm, and the barbecue will run from today to Sunday.

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