Bury St Edmunds brewer’s Oktoberfest is hailed a success

The Waylen family enjoying the festival
The Waylen family enjoying the festival
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A Bury St Edmunds-based brewer’s first-ever Oktoberfest celebration has been hailed a success.

Greene King’s three-day beer and music festival saw its on-site pub, the Brewery Tap, and the surrounding gardens opened to the public from Friday to Sunday.

Kev Johnson and Jackie Downey

Kev Johnson and Jackie Downey

It was free to attend and coincided with the final weekend of the world’s largest annual beer festival, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, as well as with UK Cask Ale Week, a 10-day celebration of beer.

Cathy Truin, Greene King brewery visitor centre manager, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for our first ever Oktoberfest, with lots of people making the most of the beautiful autumn weather and taking the opportunity to try something new during Cask Ale Week.

“With over 30 beers on draught, including Greene King Black IPA, Gangly Ghoul and Belhaven Old Gold, this festival gave people the chance to come along to the brewery and see what we are about, to get a better understanding of our beers and to try beers from some of our other favourite breweries.

“It was a busy weekend celebrating great British brewing and quality cask ale, and I would like to thank everyone who came along and helped to make it such a success.”

Jack Austin

Jack Austin

Bury’s own Oktoberfest featured a mix of leading craft and speciality beers from Greene King’s Westgate and Belhaven breweries, alongside real ales from other local and microbreweries.

Greene King brewers in Bury also handcrafted Oktober Best, a six per cent ABV fruity golden ale, which was available just for the weekend’s celebrations.