The countdown is on as Tamworth Beer Festival gears up to celebrate its 21st birthday at the Assembly Rooms next month.
The three-day festival takes place from Thursday September 4th to Saturday September 6th. Opening at 11am every day and closing at 11pm, there will be a whole host of special beers on offer.
From small beginnings in 1994 with just 40 beers on offer, 2,000 people from across the country flock to the festival each year – which now offers almost 100 different ales, ciders and perries.
And to help celebrate its ‘big birthday’, the Beer Festival is joining forces with Tamworth’s German twin town Bad Laasphe. Members from Tamworth CAMRA will be visiting Bad Laasphe’s beer festival taking place the week before then they will make the trip to Tamworth’s festival.
The festival’s theme this year is all about building bridges between the two towns and is celebrating the ‘fall of the wall’ 25 years ago, when the Berlin wall fell.
Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone will also be attending both beer festivals. In addition, the Mayor has commissioned local brewery Church End to make a special brew Portoclock on his behalf which will be unveiled at Tamworth’s festival.
Cllr Kingstone has personally sponsored the beer, with all profits going to one of his chosen charities, St Giles Hospice, which is an organisation Tamworth Beer Festival has supported for a number of years.
He said: “It’s great to be able to support both the beer festival and St Giles Hospice in such a fun way. When I became Mayor I said I would look at bringing an element of fun to the role and what can be enjoyable than a healthy pint of traditional ale!”
“As I also enjoy an odd glass of port I thought it would be great to try to combine my love of beer and port together. The nice people at the beer festival said this wouldn’t be a problem hence Portoclock. So I urge the people of Tamworth to join me at the beer festival and enjoy a glass of Portoclock and help St Giles Hospice at the same time”
Local breweries Church End and Tunnel will once again be providing the festival with a range of beers, from more traditional ales to the more unusual.
More than 90 real ales from micro breweries across the country, ciders, perries and bottled beers will also be on offer. A cask cooking system will ensure the beers condition from start to finish.
Ian Eason, who is organising this year’s Beer Festival, said: “’Its great for the Tamworth Beer Festival team to have the opportunity to join forces with the twinning association & visit Bad Laasphe to join in with their festival & see how our German counterparts celebrate their beer and let them see how we do it’
Doors open at 11am each day. Thursday will be the traditional ‘quiet session’ while band Good Companions will provide the entertainment Saturday evening.
Traditionally the beer festival gets very busy so people are encouraging to get there early. Souvenir tankard glasses and T-shirts will also be available.
CAMRA members FREE entry at all times.
£3 entry except Friday and Saturday when entrance is £4 after 5pm.
There is also a refundable glass hire charge.