December 10 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A bumper crowd turned out to raise their glasses to this year’s Diss Beer Festival and enjoy a growing range of brews, including blondes, IPAs and bitters.
The annual extravaganza, held at the town’s Corn Hall, had attracted nearly 400 visitors by Saturday night, all eager to sample real ales and ciders from breweries across East Anglian.
Barry Jones, also known as entertainer Bazza Bizarre, was one of the organisers and he said there had been approximately 190 visitors on the first night on Friday, when the festival started, followed by more than 200 guests on the Saturday night.
He added: “It has been going fantastic, it has totally been a success and we have had no trouble whatsoever.”
This year the festival, which has been running for four years, featured a number of brews from the Grain Brewery at Alburgh, which was voted the Champion Beer of Norfolk.
These included six ales- Bramble, a brown beer with biscuity and toasted malts, Porter, a rich dark beer with the flavour of berries and the rich premium amber beer Redwood.
Mr Jones said most of the breweries on show were from the local area, including Brewshed from Bury St Edmunds, Buffys from Tivetshall St Mary, Fat Cat from Norwich, Green Jack from Oulton Broad and Humpty Dumpty from Reedham.
There were also two ciders- User Friendly and Old Norfolk- supplied by the Crones brewery at Kenninghall.
A stage and seating area were also set up for live music and entertainment provided by Bazza Bizarre, including pop band the Maglia Rosa Group.
Food was also supplied including a chicken and chorizo hotpot, vegetable curry, bacon butties, jumbo sausage dogs and hot pasties.