From small beginnings come great things.
When Shotley Bridge Cricket Club decided to hold its first beer festival in 2008 it was never expected to grow into the largest event of its kind in Derwentside.
Back then we had a rough idea of what we needed to do, got all of the 20 beers sponsored and took the plunge. Did we really forget to make a proper bar to serve them from? Yes we did.
Despite this minor mishap the event was a success and we have improved it every year since.
We have always had the expertise of Andy Burrows and Martin Hammill of the award winning Hadrian Border brewery to organise the beers and keep us right and this year will be no exception.
Each year we have added more beers and ciders and it has become a very popular attraction for both men and women over the August Bank Holiday. The great family atmosphere at the cricket club is carried on during the beer festival and an increasing number of women are sampling the beers and particularly the wide range of flavoured ciders on offer.
Now in its sixth year the festival will showcase 50 beers and 20 ciders from all over the UK with prices still at the 2008 price of £1 a half pint. The only exception is the legendary Skullsplitter which has become something of a favourite with our regular customers.
The festival is open from 6.00pm to 11.00pm on Friday 24th August and between 11.00am to 11.00pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.
Entry to the beer festival is only £4 for the whole weekend which includes a commemorative glass and full colour programme.
Come along and enjoy beer at its best …..oh and cider too.