In addition to our local beer festivals, should you fancy a trip up north this weekend, the 'Tynemouth Beer Festival' could be the place to visit.
The list has been put together by Neil Harvey, who can often be found drinking in West Yorkshire and his trips south seem to have paid dividends with his contacts at various breweries. The list has 60 beers on it, with many from our region or Derbyshire. Plenty of beers available are new to me, and I am sure most will be new to drinkers in the North East.
If you want beers from Owenshaw Mills, or Revolutions they are there, rubbing shoulders with offerings from Leeds Brewery Tap, Kirkstall and Burley Street. Locally, Milltown, Magic Rock, Nook, Summer Wine, and The Sportsman Brewery are represented, and Mallinsons have provided Neil with a festival special (lucky man!). He has also made a coup in getting the first Cap House beers I have seen on a festival list.
From Derbyshire come Derventio, Black Iris, Rowditch and Wentwell, and from further afield plenty of beers from the Marstons stable.
The festival is open all day Friday 9th and Saturday 10th at the Tynemouth Cricket Club in North Shields. (map)