Beer festival chance to welcome visitors

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

There are only a few days remaining before the doors of the Winter Gardens open and we can all enjoy the third CAMRA Beer Festival.

Once again the committee have worked their socks off to get the festival under way with another great selection of beers, including some local favourites.

Cross Bay Brewery, based on White Lund, have supplied six ales including Dusk, Nightfall, Spectrum and previous best of festival winner Zenith.

Lancaster Brewery has sent Blonde and one of their specials – Cherry Crush.

Tiffin Gold and WPA are the offerings from Kirkby Lonsdale whilst the old favourite Detention and Hopscotch will get the taste buds tingling from Old School in Warton.

York Brewery (owned by Mitchell’s of Lancaster) provide us with their Blonde, a light almost IPA style mouthful of flavour.

One beer that caught my eye on the list is Baltic Trader Imperial Stout from Green Jack Brewery. It is a 10.5 per cent whopper that I’m sure will only be sold in third of a pint measures.

Three of those and you won’t need to taste anything else – you’ll be asleep.

As well as the fifty ales there are ten ciders and Perry’s to sample and for anyone not wanting to sample the beers there will be wine on sale as well.

Entertainment is provided by Twisted Soul on Friday evening and the High Society Jazz Band on Saturday 

The doors open on Thursday at 5pm until 11pm then Friday and Saturday all day from midday until 11pm. It costs CAMRA members £2 to get in and £4 for Non-Members; this excludes Glass deposit and Beer Tokens.

Food is available throughout with more details regarding the weekend on the Perfect Pint website under the Festivals button.

The festival is another opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our town and hopefully this will have a knock on effect for our pubs, restaurants and hotels – we could all do with a boost to end the summer.