45th Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival set for March 29-April 1

The 45th Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival is set to take place this month, with this year’s event the first one back in full flow after Covid.

The festival takes place March 29-April 1 at the Northumbria Students Union Building in Newcastle, with beer and cider lovers able to sample some of the UK’s finest – and possibly most weird and wonderful – craft beers and ciders.

A selection of beers has been brewed exclusively for the festival and others will be premiered at the event before going on general sale with local breweries from Tyneside and Northumberland invited to brew a chocolate stout or a red ale that has never been seen before. Breweries including Camper Van from Edinburgh, Top Rope from Liverpool and Tiny Rebel from Newport in Wales have already pledged to attend too.

Around 100 beers and 50 ciders – from breweries ranging from the quirky and unique to established big names – will be on tap. For the first time this year, there will also be a spirits bar with rum, whisky and gin.

There will also be bands playing throughout the festival – which will support St Oswald’s Hospice, Women’s Detection of Cancer and the Great Air Ambulance as its chosen charities. On Thursday, festivalgoers are being encouraged to wear a hat, the more unusual the better, and anyone who doesn’t have one can buy one from the St Oswald’s stall.

Fast track admission packages are now available priced at £16.50, which includes a commemorative glass and five beer tokens.

For more information, including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities, visit www.nclbeerfest.uk

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