Raise a glass for real beer – Blackpool Gazette
Published on Friday 11 September 2009 13:06
As a result this year’s festival will open on Thursday evening with around 100 real ales on offer over the three days.
Once again it’s a joint venture between the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Fylde Borough Council – with sponsorship from ABC Direct, Amity (Windmill Group), Forbes Solicitors, three brewers (Lytham, Thwaites and Three Bs) and local venues The Taps and The Hastings.
One beer – Progress – is being specially brewed for the festival by Ian Rigg, landlord of The Taps, in conjunction with Staffordshire’s Shugborough Brewery.
As well as the Thursday night session, another first for this year’s festival is the introduction of live music. On Saturday evening Undercover Acoustic will be taking to the stage, performing an unplugged take on some well-known rock numbers.
As well as home-grown ale, there will, as usual, be a World Beers bar (to show festival-goers how they bottle beer outside the UK).
This year, for the first time in any UK beer festival, the bar will feature ale from Mongolia, as well as the more traditional Belgian, German and Czech beers. There will also be 16 “real” ciders and perries, including a contribution from Lancashire’s only cider farm.
The chosen charity this year will be Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary. Last year 500 was raised for Multiple Sclerosis and it’s hoped to improve on that this year.
“The demand for Real Ale on the Fylde Coast is growing year on year and therefore the festival has to get bigger with more choice,” said festival chairman Paul Smith .”This year is going to be our biggest and best so far with beer sourced from all over the country as well local Fylde brewers.”
The Festival will be open from 7 – 11pm on Thursday, noon – 11pm on Friday and noon – 10.30pm on Saturday. Refreshments will be available and there is a family room in the Pavilion.
Admission is 2 on Thursday evening, 3 on Friday and Saturday (free to CAMRA members, including anyone who joins CAMRA at the festival). There will be a festival programme and the opportunity to take away a souvenir glass as a memento.