This week: Tamworth Beer Festival 2014

Sunday, 31st August 2014

Tamworth’s biggest 21st birthday party is now just a few days away – and everyone is invited to come along to help celebrate!

Tamworth Beer Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 21st birthday at the start of September – and organisers are hoping to make it the best one yet.

Previous years have seen the Olympics celebrated, beers brewed to recognise local people such as Samuel Parkes VC, Sir Robert Peel, Colin Grazier and servicemen and women from Tamworth.

The three-day festival opens it doors at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Thursday September 4th to Saturday September 6th. Doors open at 11am each day and close at 11pm.

With more than 90 real ales, perries and ciders on offer, there really will be something for everyone.

In addition to celebrating its 21st 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 before they make the return trip to Tamworth’s festival.

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The label for the Mayoral Beer – ‘Portoclock’

And Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone has has commissioned local brewery Church End to make a special brew – ‘Portoclock’ – on his behalf. He will unveil this 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.

Cllr Kingstone said: “I am really pleased to be supporting both the beer festival and St Giles Hospice in such a fun way. I wanted to bring a fun element of fun to the role – and what can be enjoyable than a healthy pint of traditional ale!

“I enjoy the odd glass of port and Church End has made me a special beer with port in it which I looking forward to sampling while helping raise money for one of my chosen charities. I look forward to people coming along and enjoying a glass of Portoclock, while helping 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.

Ian Eason, who is organising this year’s Beer Festival, said: “’With just a week to go before we open our doors to Tamworth Beer Festival, last minute preparations are underway to make sure we hold a birthday party to remember.

“It is is great to join forces with Bad Laasphe and strengthen those links – I am sure they will enjoy our beer festival and the wide range of ales on offer.”

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.

Admission prices:

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.