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Craft beers from around the world at Newcastle festival

The inagural Craft Beer Calling festival is drawing beer loves from all corner of the region and way beyond

Pints of beer
Pints of beer

More than 50 craft breweries will be represented at the Craft Beer Calling festival in Newcastle this weekend

Talk about a global reach! We realised that Craft Beer Calling this weekend was popular and that tickets were in high demand, but few would have guessed how far afield the word had spread.

The beer offering behind the bar is from across the globe and it turns out that so are the customers ordering it.

Dave Stone, organiser of the inaugural Craft Beer Calling event, says they’ve had ticket orders from China, America and New Zealand among the hundreds booking their place.

Of course, there’s a good chance many of them are already based in this country, but at least some are specifically coming across from the other side of the world to be here this weekend.

The brewers from Rennaisance Brewing, from Blenheim, on New Zealand’s South Island, are in Newcastle for a ‘meet the brewer’ event during the festival weekend.

It’s quite a coup to get not only the brewers themselves but their beers, too. Along with the Yeastie Boys on keg, it’s a UK debut taking place in Newcastle. Don’t miss it.

Combining great beer with lovely food and great entertainment is obviously a recipe for success, but the scale of the reaction among beer lovers has been very impressive.

“We were looking to create an event that was a better festival for the 21st Century, without being negative about beer festivals to date,” says Dave.

He adds that they travelled to many beer festivals and saw a real appetite for the kind of festival Craft Beer Calling aims to be.

“We saw that if you harness good food, good talent and good beer, that appetite is there. We’re getting people buying tickets from China, New Zealand, America, Whitley Bay... all those foreign climes!”

Craft Beer Calling takes place at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle NE1 3PD. Tickets are only available for Sunday via www.ticketweb.co.uk/CRAFTBEERCALLING

* If you miss out on tickets for Craft Beer Calling, you can still find some beer action in Newcastle. Today and Sunday the Bacchus and Free Trade Inn are holding a Sour Beer Weekend.

The beer line-up sounds rather tempting with some sour versions of local favourites on offer. The Bacchus will offer Almasty Cherry Sour, Anarchy Brett Aged Sublime Chaos, Brodie’s Brodenbach Grand Cru Flemish Red, Brodie’s London Sour Clementine, Brodie’s London Sour Redcurrant, Tiny Rebel Lemon & Lime Berliner Weisse, Toccalmatto Dr Cagliari Raspberry Berliner Weisse, and Wild Beer Co Amelie Sour Wild Cherry Saison.

The Free Trade will have Almasty Cask unblended Berliner Weisse, a sour from Allendale, Beavertown Passion Fruit Phantom, Celt Experience Cask Gooseberry Berliner Weisse, Wild Beer Co/Toccalmatto Indigo Child Gooseberry Sour, Wild Beer Co Redwood Forage Fruit Flemish Red, and Wild Beer Co Somerset Wild. Wow!

* The Market Lane, on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, has a new manager. Jamie Logan, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than a decade, joins from Osbornes, Jesmond, where he was assistant manager.


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