Bottoms up as festival kicks off

The 2012 Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival, held at The Apex.    Organiser Chrisy Roden.

The 2012 Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival, held at The Apex. Organiser Chrisy Roden.

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IT’S bottoms up for beer lovers this weekend as the 21st East Anglian Beer Festival comes to Bury St Edmunds.

The Apex is hosting the event for the second year after it moved on from its traditional venue at the Corn Exchange.

Running from Wednesday until tomorrow, punters will be able to sample 93 different beers and ciders, with 197 nine-gallon firkins to be polished off.

Chrisy Roden, organiser for real ale group Camra, said the team were growing into the new venue after last year’s debut.

“Last year we ran it on the Easter weekend and were absolutely packed from start to finish.

“This year we have upped the amount of bar staff and improved the food offer so we should be able to handle the demand far better,” she said.

This year’s festival has also expanded into the venue’s foyer which organisers are hoping will ease congestion in the bar, according to Ms Roden.

Beers on tap include local favourites from Bury’s Brewshed brewery, the King’s Head brewery in Bildeston, and Greene King’s 5X – a 12 per cent vintage ale.

Ploughmans, pies and breads are also available.