Rolling out the barrels in Lytham – Blackpool Gazette
The Fourth Lytham Beer Festival takes place in Lytham Lowther Pavillion tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.
A joint venture between the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Fylde Borough Council, around 95 real ales will be on offer over the three days, with many old favourites on display alongside the new beers.
One notable newcomer will be provided by the Fuzzy Duck brewery – a tangerine-flavoured ale to reflect the recent successes of Blackpool Football Club.
Live music will once again be a key feature of the festival. On Friday night Undercover Acoustic will be returning to the Lytham stage having proved such a hit last year. Saturday’s entertainment will be provided by Fylde blues-rock veteran Nick Unlimited.
Another event taking place on the Friday night will be the Lancashire launch of CAMRA’s 2011 Good Beer Guide.
As well as home-grown ale there will be a World Beers bar and this year a couple of notable “firsts” are featured at the festival. Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery (whose IPA and Honker Ale will be familiar to US ale fans) has offered us its 312 Urban Wheat Beer, the first time this beer has been available anywhere in the UK.
Also, there is a supply of Keller Bier from the St Georgen Brau, Buttenheim, Germany. A very difficult beer to track down, it is available for the first time at a UK festival.
The Cider Bar features its usual good selection of “real” ciders and perries, catering for all tastes from sweet to dry, strong to not-so-strong.
The designated charity this year will be the Trinity Hospice in the Fylde.
The Festival is open from 7-11pm on Thursday, noon – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Refreshments will be available and there is a Family Room in the Hall.
Admission is 2 on Thursday, 3 on Friday and Saturday (free to CAMRA members, including anyone who joins CAMRA at the Festival).
There is a discount of 1 off admission to card-carrying students.