Cheers to re­turn of town beer fes­ti­val

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ @ByrneChristy

SOUTH­PORT Beer And Cider Fes­ti­val re­turns this week­end af­ter a two-year ab­sence, promis­ing 60 beers, ciders and per­ries to be sam­pled over three days.

Neville Grundy, or­gan­iser and mem­ber of the South­port and West Lan­cashire branch of Camra (Cam­paign for Real Ale), said the event will re­turn bet­ter than ever af­ter its hia­tus.

He said: “I think there were two rea­sons re­ally, one is that there were some ques­tions about the beer qual­ity at the last one, some peo­ple said the beers were a bit too warm.

“I didn’t no­tice this my­self, but sev­eral peo­ple did.

“The other rea­son was there were some ques­tions over whether we should carry on with that venue, St John’s Am­bu­lance Hall on Wright Street.

“We were look­ing for an­other venue but quite sim­ply there isn’t one we can af­ford so we’ve gone back to St John’s.

“The method of keep­ing the bar­rels cool will be im­proved this time.

“As for the venue, some peo­ple didn’t like it but in my own per­sonal view there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong with it.

“It’s just the right size for us, it’s per­fectly sit­u­ated by the sta­tion, I don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple had a prob­lem with it.

“I know that Doug McA­dam, our chair­man at South­port and West Lancs branch of Camra, and the rest of the event or­gan­is­ers have put a lot of ef­fort in to ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of beer tem­per­a­ture.’’

De­spite the com­plaints, Neville said that the event was missed over the past two years and he has had nu­mer­ous in­quiries about a re­turn.

“Maybe a two-year rest wasn’t a bad idea.”

Neville also promised live mu­sic and fine wines, em­pha­sis­ing there is some­thing for every­one.

“They’re putting live mu­sic on Fri­day and Satur­day evening and, for the first time ever, fine wines.

“In pre­vi­ous years we’ve had fruit wines, but CAMRA’s changed its pol­icy and in­clud­ing the fine wines peo­ple are used to hav­ing, as well as pros­ecco if peo­ple have a part­ner who doesn’t like beer par­tic­u­larly.

“There will be food avail­able for those who get the munchies while they’re drin­ing.”

He added that the fes­ti­val acts as a plat­form to ex­pose peo­ple to new beers.

The fes­ti­val opens to­day, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 from 6-11pm, and mid­day-11pm on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Camra mem­bers have free ad­mis­sion, while non-mem­bers pay £4 ad­mis­sion, on top of beer costs.

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