The Gloucester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival is almost upon us, taking place in the historic Blackfriars Priory next weekend, from Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd April.
More than 100 beers have been carefully sourced from as far afield as Cornwall in the south and the Orkney Islands in the north. There will be around 30 local beers, including some from as nearby as Gloucester Brewery in Gloucester Docks. There will be beers from new breweries: Swan, Pershore and Beat. There will be weak beers at 3% ABV and strong beers at 7% ABV. There will be green beer, purple beer, chilli beer, rhubarb beer and Cherry and White beer.
If you prefer cider, you will find offerings from as far afield as Scotland and Kent. There will be pink cider, black cider and a cider brewed by Benedictine monks.
To line your stomach there will be 46 kilos of the ever-popular Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied by pickled eggs and pickled onions – as well as a range of hot and cold food from the cafe.
For your entertainment there is music throughout both days, with Vapor headlining on Friday night and, back by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year, Strumtroopers on Saturday night.
All this takes place in the magnificent, historic Blackfriars Priory, the most complete Dominican house in Europe, where you can enjoy not only the main church building but also the unique South Range and beautiful grassed courtyard garden.
You can have all of this for an admission fee of just £6 on the door, which gives you entry all day and includes a festival glass and programme, plus a free Pint for CAMRA members.
The festival is once again supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
I will be either working or drinking there (or both!) for the whole weekend, so I hope to see you there!
For more details see www.GloucesterBeerFestival.org.uk