Last call as South­port Beer & Cider Fes­ti­val opens its doors to­day

Southport Visiter - - Camra Column -

HERE’S the fi­nal re­minder that Camra’s South­port Beer & Cider Fes­ti­val be­gins to­day (Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25) at 6pm, writes Neville Grundy.

It con­tin­ues on Fri­day and Satur­day when it opens at mid­day: it closes at 11pm ev­ery night.

Ad­mis­sion is £4, but en­try is free for Camra mem­bers.

There is also free en­try on Satur­day evening for any­one who presents the coupon from last week’s Mid­week Visiter (or the pre­vi­ous week’s Orm­skirk Advertiser

or South­port Visiter).

With about 60 real ales, ciders and per­ries, plus fine wines, Pros­ecco and food, there should be some­thing to please most peo­ple.

It will all be hap­pen­ing at the St John Am­bu­lance Hall, Wright Street, South­port, a three-minute walk from the sta­tion and close to most bus routes. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the fes­ti­val page of our web­site at: www.south­ uk.

Real ale, also known as “cask beer” or just “cask”, is mak­ing some­thing of a come­back among brew­ers at present.

Manch­ester’s Cloud­wa­ter Brew­ery gave up brew­ing cask less than two years ago but has changed its mind.

A spokesper­son said: “At this time of year, as the nights start to lengthen and the tem­per­a­ture drops, a cosy pub is our favourite place to be for a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon pint, or a quiet evening ses­sion.

“We find our­selves drink­ing many a pint of cask beer and won­der­ing how well our (own) brown ales, or stouts and sea­sonal pale would do on cask.”

More sur­pris­ing is the Scot­tish com­pany BrewDog which aban­doned cask in favour of craft keg 10 years ago with a loud fan­fare. It gave these rea­sons: It wanted to get peo­ple in­ter­ested in craft keg.

It was wor­ried that cask beer was some­times in­cor­rectly stored and served in pubs.

It felt the beers it was brew­ing at that time suited keg dis­pense bet­ter.

How­ever, with craft keg now es­tab­lished, the brew­ery in­tends to start putting some of its beers back into casks.

Camra wel­comes these de­vel­op­ments be­cause, as I have writ­ten be­fore, while craft keg can be quite pleas­ant and is much bet­ter than 1970s keg, it can­not in our view com­pare to a de­cent pint of the real thing.

To try the real thing your­self, come along to the Camra fes­ti­val tonight, to­mor­row and Satur­day.

GRA­HAM MORETON of Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Mem­bers of South­port and West Lancs Camra at one of their pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals

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