The countdown to the seventh annual Alnwick Beer Festival has begun.
Running alongside the town’s annual Food Festival in September, it creates a double-header of some of the finest food and drink to be savoured in Northumberland.
For beer festival organisers Alnwick & District Round Table, this year’s three-day event, in Alnwick Town Hall from Friday, September 20, to Sunday, September 22, coincides with their landmark 60th charter year.
Alnwick Brewery Company is supplying a special 60th Charter Ale to commemorate the milestone.
Hamish Ainsley, a director of Spirit of Northumberland, the owner of Alnwick Brewery Company, said: “The special 4.5 per cent abv beer is a classic English pale ale, brewed to an ideal strength for a compromise between sessionability and full flavour.
“We pride ourselves on our range of fine, very traditional ales, and this is no exception – a true delight for real-ale aficionados. It is dry and well hopped, giving a lovely resiny profile to the beer to balance its slight sweetness.”
This year’s beer festival will be themed around different counties, with a 35-strong line-up of ales, predominantly from northern brewers in Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire, as well as Wiltshire.
These will be supplemented by ciders from Thistley Cross.
Alnwick & District Round Table chairman, Reuben Carr, said: “It’s our main event of the year and has been our lifeblood for a number of years. Every penny we make stays in the area through the various worthy causes we support. The coalition with Alnwick Food Festival is also a perfect fit, a mutually-beneficial partnership that works extremely well.”
The beer festival will run from 7pm-11.30pm on the Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday. Admission is £5, which includes tokens and a festival glass.