With more than 120 real ales and ciders on tap, there will undoubtedly be much raising of glasses and cries of ‘cheers’ as Tynedale Beer Festival calls time for another year today.
But before the shout for last orders goes up at this now annual event at Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge, expect a packed day of music, family fun, food and, of course, plenty of imbibing between 1pm and 11pm.
Now on its 17th outing, there’s an impressive list of local and national real ales’ on offer. Locally the likes of Allendale, Big Lamp, Sonnet 43, Consett Ale Works and Hexhamshire are represented.
Nationally there are offerings from among others Adnams, the Bristol Beer Factory, Ilkley and Purple Moose from Wales.
Entertainment today will come courtesy of The Happy Cats, Northumberland Fayre, Ali Reay and The Gangsters of Ska, with afternoon family friendly activities including a magician and face painting.
Kielder Organic Meats will be serving organic burgers and hot beef and sausage sandwiches in a covered food area. They will be joined by a traditional Polish barbecue and also on offer will be curry and chilli – always a favourite with a glass or two of real ale.
There’s more to Tynedale Beer Festival than the chance to sample scores of real ales while listening to foot tapping music, however. Last year’s event raised an impressive £67,000 for charity and the organisers are hoping to top that again this year.
The good causes being supported in 2014 are the Percy Hedley Foundation, North of England Children’s Cancer and Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School Rowing Club.
Tickets for the beer festival are £10 for the day with children up to the age of 16 admitted free between 1pm-5pm. Children up to the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are available on the door or from the tourist information centres at the Wentworth Car Park in Hexham or Hill Street in Corbridge. www.tynedalebeerfestival.org.uk