Norwich beer festival is back and it’s just as popular

The 36th Norwich Beer Festival opens at St Andrews Hall where large queues built up outside.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY The 36th Norwich Beer Festival opens at St Andrews Hall where large queues built up outside. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:24 AM

Real ale lovers in London may have been prevented from travelling to Norwich by train for the first day of the Norwich beer festival, because of the storm, but it still looks to be as popular as ever.

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The 36th Norwich beer festival, which is organised by the Norwich and Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and is held in St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, now referred to as The Halls, 
started yesterday and runs until Saturday.

This year the event’s chosen charity is the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, whose fundraising manager, Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss said: “We are delighted that CAMRA has chosen the NNAB as its charity this year.

“I can assure everybody that donates to us during the festival that the money raised will be spent on improving the lives of visually impaired people across the county.”

Emma Pinder, a spokesman for Camra’s local branch, said: “We have had lots of interest from people on social media sites. The festival’s quite a social event now, and it’s held in a great building, so I’m sure everyone is going to enjoy the great beers on offer and the great atmosphere.

“One of our volunteers has come all the way from Los Angeles.

“Nearer to home we have a lot of visitors from London, Kent, and even from Devon.”

Warren Wordsworth, CAMRA local branch chairman, said real ale lovers would enjoy the range of beers, both local and from up and down the country.

New for this year is the introduction of beer cards, instead of tokens, for use at all the bars.

The cards can be purchased for either £5 or £10, with or without the glass deposit.

As in previous years unused amounts can be refunded, or better still, donated to the NNAB.

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