Golden tributes to Rio at city Beer Festival
Thousands expected at 39th Peterborough Beer Festival
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. org.uk/
Bill Taylor, beer festival bard
Queues and punters at the Beer Festival
Pints being pulled at the festival