New beer festival offers a treat for the tastebuds

Share this article

IT will be bottoms up at Morpeth Rugby Club – and not just for those in the scrum.

People who enjoy a pint or two are invited to attend the town’s first Beer Festival, which will take place tomorrow and Saturday.

There will be 20 different ales and ciders to sample from 6pm tomorrow, along with live music from bands The Projected Sound and All Shine and No Shoes.

Wine connoisseurs will be catered for as well when things get underway again at 2pm the following day, with entertainment provided by The Sage Academy of Performing Arts, Along Came Lola and The Fabulous Balls Brothers.

Most of the beers are from Northumberland breweries, although there are also offerings from various other parts of the country.

They include Morpeth Ale – tasting of ‘light roasted caramel butter’ – Old Hooky, which has a ‘suggestive echo of crystal mint’, and Old Slug Porter that is popular for its flavour of ‘chocolate, coffee and black cherries’.

Organiser John Stafford said: “A beer festival is a new venture for the club and a first for the town, but advance ticket sales indicate that it will be a well-attended event.

“We have looked round the country for some interesting brews and believe we have laid on an appealing selection.

“There will be beer, music and hopefully a good time to be had by all. If we are blessed by some good early summer weather, there will be tables and chairs on the patio for people to relax in the sunshine.”

The £10 admission is valid for both days and includes a commemorative glass and two drinks tokens.