The Alnwick Beer Festival

Alnwick Round Table chairman Reuben Carr and past chairman Iain Stewart prepare for the beer festival.

Alnwick Round Table chairman Reuben Carr and past chairman Iain Stewart prepare for the beer festival.

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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.