Landlord’s 13th festival proves lucky as he launches own beer – Blackpool Gazette
Published on Friday 23 October 2009 19:35
THIRTEEN is proving to be a lucky number for Marton landlord Steve Norris.
The 13th annual beer festival at The Shovels got off to a flying start this week and, for the first time, Steve has his own beer on tap there, too.
“I’ve got more than 80 cask ales and ciders on sale over the week but the creme-de-la creme for me is launching my own beer,” says Steve, who has been learning the tricks of the trade at Lytham Brewery.
“It’s a first for me and I’m really proud of the end product – even though I say it myself.”
The result of his endeavours is the Shovels Best Bitter which was launched yesterday and will now become his pub’s house beer along with his regular real ales and visiting brews.
“The festival just gets bigger and better year on year,” says Steve.
“I know there’s a recession on but that hasn’t stopped people from all over the country coming to The Shovels for this event – and us expecting to sell more than 80 casks in a week.
“People don’t mind paying a few pence more for a quality ale and our aim as usual has been to introduce people to new breweries and new beers which they wouldn’t norma-lly have the opportunity to sample on this coast.”
This year he has even introduced a couple of ales from the Driftwood Spars Brewery on the Scilly Isles and Cornwall.
The strongest beer on offer this year is Super Nova by the Falstaff Brewery which clocks in at an amazing 13.1 per cent abv – stronger than many bottles of wine.
Live music comes from The Deadbeats on Friday and Brother Rabbit on Saturday.