PICTURE SPECIAL - More than 1,200 people flocked to Coventry Beer Festival - The Coventry Observer

PICTURE SPECIAL - More than 1,200 people flocked to Coventry Beer Festival

Coventry Editorial 10th May, 2022   0

MORE than 3,000 pints of real ale were consumed by 1,200 thirsty drinkers at this year’s Coventry Beer Festival which returned for the first time in three years.

Cheers. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR3 copyright Bullivant Media

More than 200 pints of cider and perry and over 200 pints of keykeg beer from local breweries’ Mashionistas and Twisted Barrel were consumed.

Working hard. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR8 copyright Bullivant Media

And another local brewery Triumph supplied the festival’s first ever keg beer ‘1907 Pale Ale’ which sold out.

The event, organised by the Coventry and District CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) branch and held at the Butts Park Arena on Friday and Saturday, also hosted the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain.

Enjoying the brews. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR1 copyright Bullivant Media

After judging, Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout once again took the crown and became the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.

The 9 per cent Imperial Extra Double Stout was described by judges as ‘one of the best they had ever had’.

Joint runners-up in the contest were Hobson’s Dhustone Stout (4.3 per cent) and Runaway IPA (5.5 per cent).

Paul Hoskins has the ales on tap. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR6 copyright Bullivant Media

One of the organisers Steve Edwards described the weekend as ‘tiring but rewarding’.

He said: “The feedback we received was fabulous – everyone said how great it was for the festival to be back after three years.

An afternoon with your mates. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR4 copyright Bullivant Media

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on pubs and the brewing industry so this was welcome.”

More than £370 was raised for the festival’s chosen charity – Guide Dogs For The Blind from unused tokens, donations and other activities.

Ruth Hamblett, Jane Williams and Karen Neale try for a prize. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822019MMR5 copyright Bullivant Media

And 7.6 per cent Anti Imperial Stout called ‘Resist’ brewed by ‘First and Last’ – a collaborative group of eight independent Northumbrian breweries – raised funds for Ukrainian humanitarian support.


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