Back in April I blogged about the embryonic idea of a Heritage Beer Festival. Since then I have been working with the pub landlords and Marketing Gloucester to hammer together the details and things are now coming together nicely, so I thought it was time for a bit of an update.
The Gloucester Heritage Pubs Beer Festival is part of the Gloucester History Festival and will take place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2012, coinciding with the Heritage Open Days.
If you read my previous blog you may notice a subtle change in name for the event from The Gloucester Heritage Beer Festival to The Gloucester Heritage Pubs Beer Festival. It is a beer festival, so of course the beer is important, but this change in name emphasises the fact that it is the pubs and their heritage which is key to the event. Gloucester has a wide range of pubs and, as you might expect from such a historic city, many of them have a long and fascinating history of their own, so unlike most beer festivals, The Gloucester Heritage Pubs Beer Festival will actually take place in the pubs, showcasing the excellent range of historic pubs that we have in the city.
Participating pubs all have two things in common: a fascinating history and excellent real ale. They are also all within a reasonable walk of the Cross, so there’s no excuse not to visit them all over the course of the weekend (although, of course, we trust that you will drink sensibly!).
The pubs will be putting on some extra special real ales and ciders for the weekend, giving a great variety across the city: so far there are 14 pubs taking part and between them we anticipate that they will offer over 50 beers and ciders. The new Gloucester Brewery in the Docks is also participating, offering free brewery tours and beer tastings.
Between now and the start of the festival we will be using Marketing Gloucester’s ‘Believe in Gloucester’ (BiG) website to provide details of participating pubs and their history. Sadly, not all of the best heritage pubs serve real ale, so although they are not part of the beer festival we will also provide details of them as they are still well worth a visit.
The landlords are all currently working on which beers they plan to stock and as details firm up we will also provide details of this on the website. We will not, however, be telling you which pubs are selling which beers – that will be for you to find out!
As if you need any further incentive to come along, there will be a prize Gloucester Heritage Pubs Beer Festival Quiz taking place over the weekend – pick up a question sheet from any participating pub and crack the clues as you go around the pubs to go into a prize draw to win copious amounts of great beer generously donated by the Gloucester Brewery and Wye Valley Brewery.
So, if you want to find out more about Gloucester’s fascinating history, where better to do it than in a pub with a delicious beer or cider to aid your appreciation. On the other hand, if you are drawn by the beer, take a moment to appreciate the historic ambience in which you are drinking. Whether history buff or real ale fan, come and drink in Gloucester’s heritage.
Participating heritage pubs so far are:
Cafe Rene, Southgate St
Cross Keys, Cross Keys Lane (off Southgate St)
Dick Whittington, Westgate St
Famous Pint Pot, Bruton Way
Fountain, Westgate St
Imperial, Northgate St
Kingsholm Inn, Kingsholm Rd
New Inn, Northgate St
Old Bell, Southgate St
Pelican Inn, St Mary’s St
Fosters on the Docks, the Docks
Tall Ship, Southgate St
Union, Westgate St
Whitesmiths Arms, Southgate St