Two beer and cider festivals, held for the first time in the North East in the summer, were such a success they look set to be repeated.
Lovers of real ale and cider flocked to The Runhead Bar and Grill in Ryton and the Sandpiper in Cullercoats, in August to sample a wide range of drinks from the region’s finest craft breweries.
Wylam and Cullercoats breweries; Firebrick Brewery, at Blaydon; Anarchy Brew Co, Morpeth and Matfen-based High House Farm Brewery, each showcased three ales at each festival.
In addition, drinkers had a choice of five ciders at the Runhead festival and three at the Sandpiper event with each venue also offering food and family entertainment
Over the course of the two day Cullercoats event, 1,155 pints were served, while the three-day Ryton festival resulted in the sale of 1,685 beers and ciders.
Now it’s been announced the festivals will return in 2015.
“We had never tried anything like this before,” says Atul Malhotra, director of The Malhotra Group which owns the two venues. “But not only were the festivals a great commercial success, they have led to a continued increase in the popularity of the drinks we showcased.
“Both The Sandpiper and The Runhead are at the heart of their communities and the feedback from local residents and first time visitors alike has been excellent.
“So much so that we are now making plans to ensure next year’s festivals are even better.”