Beer festival to promote local pubs kicks off in Eastbourne
A beer festival that aims to promote local pubs has begun in Eastbourne.
The Great British Beer Festival at your Local is being supported by CAMRA, the campaign for real ale, and is running until Saturday, August 8.
Pubs will be decked out with bunting and many will have special guest ales or visits from local brewers as part of the event.
CAMRA’s annual Great British Beer Festival in Olympia London could not be held this year, so the campaigning organisation decided to shift the focus to local pubs.
Eastbourne pubs involved include The Hurst Arms, The Lamb, The Crown, The Rainbow, Bibendum, The Dolphin, Dewdrop Inn, The Eagle, The Ship Inn, The Crown and Anchor, The Marine and The Victoria Hotel.
Bibendum owner Drew Smith said, “We are delighted to join in with this festival and our staff look forward to welcoming customers old and new to sample our locally-brewed cask ales”
CAMRA local branch campaigns officer Richard Scullion said, “Many of us have been enjoying beer at home during lockdown but the pub is the only place to sample the country’s wonderful real ales, many brewed within a few miles of Eastbourne, and receive a warm welcome and share conversation and fun with friendly people.”