Real Ale Beer Festival – Southport & West Lancs CAMRA announce their Fourteenth event

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Real Ale Beer Festival – Southport & West Lancs CAMRA announce their Fourteenth event

Real Ale Fans in the form of the members of the Southport & West Lancs Branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are holding their Fourteenth Sandgrounder Beer Festival, at the atmospheric location of St John’s Ambulance Hall in Wright Street, situated conveniently near to Southport rail station – on 17th to 19th October next, reported Mike Perkins, their branch contact and local veteran.

Mike reports that “There will be as usual a magnificent range of real ales, ciders and perries organised by Simon Finch and Linda Harris, also a selection of fruit wines.  The range of beers will include local ales from Southport and Burscough Breweries, All Gates and Prospect in Wigan, Problem Child in Parbold, Liverpool Craft, Liverpool Organic and Mad Hatter from Liverpool, Melwood in Knowsley, Brimstage and Peerless from the Wirral and George Wright of Rainford.  From the North West beer suppliers include the likes of Blackjack, Goosnargh, Wilson Potter and Boggart Hole.  From further away still come Summer Wine, Bushys, Backyard, Dent, Clarks Scottish Borders, Beer Geek, Dancing Duck, Flipside, Little Valley, Navigation, North Star, Welbeck Abbey and Lymestone, plus others”.

There will be some nice dark and mild ales, bitters and premium bitters, and a special selection of stronger beers such as Burscough Old Habit, George Wright Roman Black, Little Valley Python IPA, Lymestone Stone the Crows and Stone Dead, Liverpool organic Empire Ale, Peerless Peninsula IPA, and Diablo from Summer Wine.

Ciders and perries from Rosie’s Cider Farm in Wrexham will include Triple D Medium, Black Bart Sweet, Wicked Wasp Medium and Mature Oak Scrumpy, plus Perfect Pear Medium Sweet Perry.  Fruit wines by the glass will include mulled, blackberry, damson, elderflower, ginger, mead, quince, rose hip, sloe and strawberry, plus others.  Sometimes late changes of beers and ciders are unavoidable as these brews are perishable products.

The Festival will open from 6 pm on Thursday, and from noon on the Friday and Saturday, with bars closing at 11 pm each day.  CAMRA will be making awards to its best local pubs and licensees on Thursday at 7.30 pm.  Prior to this, two days of advance setting up the beers requires lots of help from CAMRA volunteers, who also work without payment at the Festival, under the charge of Doug Macadam, the Beer Festival Organiser, assisted by these many other members.

Volunteer musicians including a guitarist, accordion player and a ukulele band will also be appearing – at varying times during Friday and Saturday afternoons and on the Saturday evening.

For non-CAMRA members it will cost £3 entry per person, with free entry at all times for CAMRA members, but extra concessions will be given to those deciding to join the famed real ale and pub protection group, now with over 150,000 members – “you know it makes sense!”  Please give it a try and enjoy a choice of some really interesting beers!

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