Eastbourne Beer Festival will be bringing a bit of Yorkshire humour to real ale fans from October 8,9 and 10, with a selection of new Northern brews announced in the festival’s biggest ever Beer List.
A special Yorkshire beer list, curated by CAMRA, will see tongue in cheek brews such as a fire-cracking pint of F’Fawkes Sake and a seasonal glass of Beerjolais, tempting the thousands of visitors who attend every year.
The festival, supported by CAMRA, returns for its 13th year with a range of ciders and perries, wines and bottled beers from around the world, and a packed entertainment programme of live bands, acoustic musicians, morris dancing and pub games.
With Friday and Saturday night tickets already sold out, fans can however still choose from Thursday night and Saturday afternoon sessions to sample over 170 brews on offer.
Thursday brings a Toad-in-the-Hole competition with teams from around the county, playing the traditional game found in many Sussex pubs.
To celebrate, Isfield Brewery will be bringing their ‘Toad in the Ale’ beer to the festival, with Unihorn and Lipstick & Beatniks providing live music, and Saturday sees traditional morris dancing and folk music for a more laidback feel.
Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise Margaret Bannister said, “Sampling quirkily named brews is all part of the fun of the festival, and our thanks go to CAMRA for curating an amazing line-up of beers.
“We had a record breaking year last year, and I am delighted to see the festival’s popularity continuing as strongly as ever this year.”
Many more favourite tipples return from Wobbly Bob to Rector’s Revenge, and the town’s very own Star of Eastbourne by Harvey’s Brewery.
The Churchillian, a strong English stout named after one of Britain’s most famous leaders, also marks the 50 year anniversary of his life and legacy, and the highlands of Scotland add both HoppyNess and DarkNess in equal measure to the lives of festival-goers, courtesy of Loch Ness Brewery.
Eastbourne Beer Festival runs from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 October and ticket prices vary, with Thursday evening 6–11pm costing £6 in advance (£4 NUS/CAMRA; £6.50 on door) and on Saturday afternoon 11am–4pm costing £7 in advance (£5 NUS/CAMRA; £7.50 on the door).
To book call the Box Office on 412000 or visit Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road.
PHOTOS BY GRAHAM HUNTLEY.
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