Festival set for final date with Norwich

Great British Beer Festival Winter

Deck The Halls with great ales

The medieval British city of Norwich plays host to the Great British Beer Festival Winter for its third and final year next month.

Having hosted the winter festival from 2017, it will move on to a different CAMRA location in 2020.

Taking place from 19-23 February at The Halls, the festival will include a vast range of popular summer golden and light ales, ruby and dark ales, foreign beers and ciders, all served in the magnificent St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ medieval friary buildings in the heart of Norwich, where pubs also host The Fringe events throughout February.

As always at the five-day event, the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition will be judged. Local and national brewers will compete in each category and the winners and overall champion will be announced on the opening evening which is reserved for CAMRA members only, the festival opens to the public from Wednesday to Saturday.

With hot street food and live entertainment, the festival offers a fun-filled week in a fantastic medieval setting. Thursday's music comes from blues duo Dove and Boweevil, with blues and rock ‘n’ roll from Polymer and funk and soul from The Collective on Friday.

The Saturday lunch session sways to the reggae beats of Pirate Joe, while the the early evening sounds come from Super Action Heroes.

CAMRA Members can gain free entrance on the door to all sessions, but must join the queue (if there is one).

Entrance is cash-only on the door, although pre-event ticket packages, including beer tokens and souvenir glasses, can be purchased in advance.

The chosen charity for 2019 is the Benjamin Foundation and visitors are invited to donate cash and unspent tokens using the glasses stand box and collection pots.

For more information visit the Great British Beer Festival Winter website.