The biggest Beer Festival in East Sussex hops back into town for its 15th year on 5-7 October, featuring thirst-quenching beer and cider, traditional pub-style games and live bands to sound out the evenings!
With Friday night being sold out already, punters will have to act fast to get a ticket to this year’s festival which boasts over 140 real cask ales. This year’s line-up appeals to all tastes, with a Blonde Bird and Wild Man as part of the attractive line-up. Over 140 casks of real ale have been hand-picked by CAMRA members, with punchy fruit cider and perry on the menu for non-beer drinkers.
There’s a whole palate of award-winning beers, local favourites and pub classics to tantalise taste-buds including 2016 Festival Winning Beer ‘Bad Kitty’ by Brass Castle. For those who are after a pint with a kick, Burton Bridge Brewery’s ‘Thomas Sykes’ Ale has an astonishing 10% ABV.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Eastbourne Beer Festival showcases some of the greatest beers both locally and nationally so it’s really no wonder that Friday has sold out already. Whether you’re a beer fan or not, you’ll be amazed by the incredible flavours on offer – from chocolate and caramel to hints of citrus fruits, there’s something for everyone.”
Festival goers can pay a visit to the Beers of the World Bar to tuck into bottled beers and taste the flavours of Belgium, Thailand or South America. For those who prefer a drop of cider, the cider line-up features a fruity twist with Moonlight Mango, Very Cherry and Tropical Tilt amongst the flavoured ciders on offer.
Beer drinkers can dance the night away from Thursday to Saturday to a festival soundtrack of country, blues, rock and pop music. Headlining the live music stage across the weekend is The Wakin’ Snakes, The Fo Sho’s and The Tar Babies who will be performing classics to get toes tapping to the beat.
The entertainment doesn’t end there as traditional pub-style games can be enjoyed in between beverages in the popular games room with Draughts, Backgammon and Dominoes on the cards!
Eastbourne Beer Festival runs from Thursday 5 October to Saturday 7 October and ticket prices vary. Thursday costs £7 on the door (£6 NUS/CAMRA Members), Saturday afternoon 11am – 4pm costing £8 in advance (£7 NUS/CAMRA Members) and Saturday evening 6pm – 11pm costing £7.50 in advance (£6.50 NUS/CAMRA Members).
To book call the Box Office on 01323 412000 or visit Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre on Cornfield Road.