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National ale festival in Norwich relaunched as winter version of long-running summer event

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:10 10 August 2017

The 2016 National Winter Ales Festival in Norwich. Picture: NORWICH AND NORFOLK CAMRA

The 2016 National Winter Ales Festival in Norwich. Picture: NORWICH AND NORFOLK CAMRA

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An upcoming national ale festival in Norwich has been relaunched as the winter version of a thriving 40-year-old summer event.

The 2016 National Winter Ales Festival in Norwich. Picture: NORWICH AND NORFOLK CAMRAThe 2016 National Winter Ales Festival in Norwich. Picture: NORWICH AND NORFOLK CAMRA

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) announced in March that the National Winter Ales Festival would come to Norwich in February, with a week of real ales, food and music planned.

But it has now revealed the event has been renamed and rebranded as the very first Great British Beer Festival Winter - a wintry version of a long-running summer festival which is currently underway in London.

Running from Tuesday, February 20 to Saturday 24 next year, the event will be held at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall in the city centre and, while it will have a focus on winter ales, will offer beers for every taste, from popular light ales to rubies and darks.

Martin Ward, festival organiser, said: “A year is far too long for beer drinkers to wait for their next great national festival, so we have decided to launch the Great British Beer Festival Winter in the beautiful city of Norwich.

The Great British Beer Festival 2015. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA WireThe Great British Beer Festival 2015. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

“Festival-goers can expect the same large range of high-quality beers on offer that they would do at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, but we will also have the best in winter brews from across the country.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country to the Great British Winter Festival in 2018.”

CAMRA said the rebrand of the event was to bring it under the umbrella of the summer festival, which has become one of the best-known beer events in the country and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Pubs across Norwich will be taking part in the celebration, with Fringe events held throughout February including stand-up comedy, music nights and pub quizzes.

The festival will also host the Champion Winter Beer of Britain judging final, with visitors able to sample the successful beers.

CAMRA has more than 180,000 members around the country - including more than 3,000 in the Norwich and Norfolk branch alone.

For tickets and more information, click here or here.

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