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Berwick Beer Festival returns with a strong line-up

The holy trinity of good beer, food and music with fill the marquees at Berwick Beer Festival

Berwick Beer Festival
Berwick Beer Festival

Berwick Beer Festival is almost upon us and promises the chance to enjoy some great beer, food and live music before the festival season finishes.

Part of the wider Berwick Food and Beer Festival, the beer festival is an integral part of the weekend and will take place from midday on Friday September 12 until 10pm on Sunday September 14 on the Parade Green opposite the town’s historic Barracks. Organised by Simon Vickers of The Barrels Alehouse in Berwick, the festival will have another fantastic line up of bands and real ales.

Local brewers already confirmed include Bear Claw, Tempest, Scottish Borders, Wylam, Allendale, Hadrian Border, Tyne Bank, Jarrow, Mordue and Anarchy. Guests ales from north of the border will also come from Fyne Ales, Cromarty Brewery (Black Isle), Alchemy and Williams Bros.

He says: “Visitors can expect to see many of them on the bar all weekend where they will be showcasing new brews as well as their core ranges. We also have a selection of brewers from North of the Border and from a little further south we will have Timothy Taylor returning with all their core range which proved very popular last year. Thornbridge from Derbyshire will be back and Dark Star now also firmly established as a festival favourite.”

Entry after 4pm on Saturday will be £5 including tasting notes and first half pint, all accompanied by live music. Entry on Friday will be £2. The food festival organised by Berwick Slow Food will be open from 10am-5pm on September 13 and 14, and entry costs £2.

Further details will be announced on www.berwickbeerfestival.co.uk and on twitter @berwickbeerfest

Berwick and its surrounding area have been associated with the brewing trade for centuries. The name Berwick actually comes from the Old English word for barley farm and the malt grown for one of the main festival sponsors, Simpsons Malt, is still used in many modern brews.

In terms of music, on Friday, organisers plan a line up of local bands as well as the Tommy Bentz Band from the States. On Saturday night, local three-piece Risky Numbers are back to warm up the crowd with their own unique acoustic take on popular hits. Headlining will be top Zeppelin tribute act ‘Led into Zeppelin’. One of the UK’s leading tribute bands, they will be recreating Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue and stage presence including classics such as Stairway to Heaven, The Rain Song and Whole Lotta Love. The four piece comprises Paul Bradshaw – one of the industry’s best Robert Plant impersonators – on vocals, Bram Duckworth as Jimmy Page on electric guitar, Nigel Clutterbuck as John Paul Jones on bass and David Holt as John Bonham on drums.

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