Golden trib­utes to Rio at city Beer Fes­ti­val

Thou­sands ex­pected at 39th Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: PTstephenB

Drinkers will be able to toast the suc­cess of Bri­tain’s medal win­ning Olympians with a se­lec­tionof golden Rio themed pints at Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val. The 39th Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val­of­fi­ciallystarte­datthe Em­bank­ment on Tues­day for peo­ple in the trade - but thou­sands of pun­ters are ex­pected to­gothroughthe­gates­look­ing for the per­fect pint this week.

Drinkers will be able to sam­ple­beers­pay­ingtributeto Bri­tain’sO­lympians, in­clud­ing Open­ingCer­e­monyfromCardiff brew­ery Brains, Rio Gold from Ell­good’s of Wis­bech and Rio from Moor­house’s of Burn­ley.

The event is the sec­ond biggest beer fes­ti­val in the coun­try, and there are more than 400 dif­fer­ent beers, ciders and­winesonof­fer­un­til the event closes on Satur­day night.

Thisyear, fes­ti­val­go­ers will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence a new wayof serv­ing beer - as well as as­pe­cial­spec­ta­cleintheskies.

Mike Blakesley, f rom CAMRA, said: “This year for the first time we will have an Amer­i­can style Key Keg sys­tem for some of the beers.

“The sys­tem is used at the Stoneworks mi­cropub in the city cen­tre, and has been very pop­u­lar. It is the first time we have it for the fes­ti­val, but we will be­lim­it­ing it to half ap­int, as the beer is very frothy, and it would take too long to serve pints.

“We have also ex­tended our ‘Lo­cal’ bar in the left hand tent.

“We­have20-30lo­cal brew­ers with beers here, and we know cus­tomers like to sup­port the lo­cal brew­ers.

“This year we have also been told the Red Ar­rows will be fly­ing over­head on Thurs­day at 3pm on their way to an air show. It is also pos­si­ble they will be fly­ing over­head on Fri­day at the same time as well.”

Mike also said the fes­ti­val had ex­panded the cider and wine bars, and had a large se­lec­tion of con­ti­nen­tal bot­tled beers on of­fer.

And along with the beers on of­fer, there is a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment.

Mike said: “We have the nor­mal fun­fair, and live mu­sic all week.“Thisyear­we­have put in a seated sec­tion in the left hand tent. “We want peo­ple to come along with their fam­ily and a pic­nic, and have a great day out.

“Last year’s event was so pop­u­lar we ran out of beer by the end­ofSatur­day night, and we are sure the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough­will­come­and­sup­port us again this year.

“This year is the 39th Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val, and we are al­ready look­ing at do­ing some­thing spe­cial for the 40th.”

The fes­ti­val is open from noon un­til 11pm ev­ery day un­til Satur­day. En­try prices are £2 be­fore 3pm, and £6 af­ter­wards. Dis­countsa­reavail­able for CAMRA mem­bers.

Beer glasses cost £3, but this is re­fund­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.peter­bor­ough-camra.

Bill Tay­lor, beer fes­ti­val bard

Queues and pun­ters at the Beer Fes­ti­val

Pints be­ing pulled at the fes­ti­val

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