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Durham beer festival returns - with a hint of gospel
DRINKERS will raise a glass to the Lindisfarne Gospels when a city’s annual beer festival returns later this month.
The 33rd Durham Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) Beer Festival will feature Insular Art, a new beer from Sonnet 43 Brew House which celebrates the illustrated style of the Lindisfarne Gospels and is the official beer of ongoing Durham exhibition of which the manuscript is the centrepiece.
In addition, the festival will be officially opened by Mark Hird, owner of Sonnet 43, a new brewery based in Coxhoe, near Durham, and named in honour of a poem by local writer Elizabeth Barratt Browning.
Mr Hird, director of Tavistock Leisure, said: “We are extremely happy to be opening the festival – this demonstrates what an impact we have made on the real ale scene and how far we have progressed since we opened for business less than 12 months prior.
“This is in no small part down to local support we have received from local real ale drinkers, Durham Camra included – the response has been phenomenal.”
The festival, in Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham City, will feature 120 beers, 30 ciders and, for the first time, a variety of wines. There will also be a hog roast and other food available.
The festival will run from Wednesday, August 28, to Saturday, August 31. Wednesday’s session will open to Camra members at 4pm and the general public at 6pm, running until 11pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday opening will be 11am to 11pm.
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