Raise a glass to town’s beer festival

Real-ale fans will be able to tickle their taste buds tomorrow and Saturday.

Morpeth Rugby Club is hosting the town’s Beer Festival, featuring 22 different brews from as far away as Cornwall and Perthshire.

The Potbelly Brewery from Kettering, in Northamptonshire, is sending up a consignment of Pigs Do Fly and there will also be Snitter Bitter, Coal Face, Steel Town and Secret Kingdom, among others, to be sampled.

The event runs from 6pm to 11.30 pm tomorrow (April 25) and 2pm to 11.30pm on Saturday.

A £10 ticket gives guests a special beer festival glass and two beer tokens and if you bring your glass on Saturday, entrance is free.

There will be live musical entertainment from acoustic-guitar duo Paul and Richie, as well as the UK Rock Legends, Along Came Lola and the Sage Academy of Performing Arts.

Rugby fans can enjoy the beer while watching the Saturday afternoon match against a touring team from Hertfordshire.

“The festival was a great success last year so we are delighted to be staging it again,” said Club President John Price.

“As well as several Northumberland and Tyneside micro-breweries, there will be beers from all round the country.

“The musical entertainment is of an exceptionally high standard so people will be able to enjoy the atmosphere whether they indulge in a drink or not.

“Everyone complimented us on how well organised and enjoyable last year’s festival was and we are confident of another successful event this year.”