Ninety two different beers, 15 ciders and only four days to try them – the beer festival in Bury St Edmunds is now open.
This year’s East Anglian beer festival features 50 different brewers including The Old Cannon Brewery, The Beer Shed and Greene King in Bury, as well as Bartrams in Rougham and Old Chimney at Market Weston.
I sampled White Admiral by Old Chimney which is deceptively potent. At 8.5 per cent it is the strongest beer on offer.
“We have got blondes, milds, stouts, you name it it is here,” said Chrisy Roden from the Bury branch of CAMRA, organisers of the festival.
A mild from The Brew Shed is one of the new offerings this year.
Last year 5,000 people attended the festival despite a rainy opening day.
This year, with the sunny weather, CAMRA are hoping to welcome even more people for a beer or two.
“We wont run out of beer, I’m sure of that,” said Chrisy.
“I haven’t tried them all yet. I will try to get around as many as I can. I’m itching to try the cherry Stout.”
The festival is served by an army of around 50 volunteers. It runs until the end of Saturday.
“Then we will be tidying up before relaxing with a nice pint on Sunday afternoon,” said Chrisy.
The beer festival takes place at The Apex.