THE PLYMOUTH Beer Festival returns to Plymouth Pavilions on Friday and Saturday.
Now in its ninth year, the event in association with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will feature over 155 real ales and 63 ciders/perries. Boasting the largest selection of cider and perry in the South West, this year's festival will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth at noon on Friday.
New additions this year include a Foreign Beer Bar stocked with 29 of the best beers from around the world, one-third pint options which allow you to try the largest variety of beers and ciders and a new food menu to complement the drinks.
One hundred and thirty breweries will be represented this year from all over the UK, including local favourites from St Austell Brewery, Summerskills and main sponsor Skinner's. The Beer Festival is also pleased to welcome two new Plymouth breweries, The Garage in Plympton and Plymouth Community Brewery based at City College.
'Special' from Blue Anchor Brewery based in Helston, Cornwall will be delivering the strongest beer at 6.7 per cent, ciders from Tosh based in Somerset take it to 7 per cent with perry medium and dry options, but if you want to take it to another level head across to the Foreign Beer Bar to try a beer from Flying Dog Brewery US that punches out a staggering 8.3 per cent, not for the faint-hearted. The Plymouth Beer Festival wouldn't be the same without those unusual names, look out for Pheasant Plucker, Old Moggie, Old Letch, Funky Monkey and a few we can't mention for being a bit to rude.
Grab a copy of the programme to see for yourself.
Once again the event will play host to the Champion Beer and Champion Cider of Britain 2012 regional heats with the winners going forward to the national finals.
Live music on the Friday evening will come from local musician, Luke Scott Dumper. Saturday evening and the Plymouth Beer Festival boasts its biggest headliner in its history, Sir Bob Geldof performing solo material along with a few Boomtown Rats' favourites.
Free soft drinks will be available for designated drivers and visitors will be invited to leave any unused beer tokens or donate cash to the festivals' charity, Breast Cancer Care.
Strictly no under 18s – open noon to 11pm, Friday and Saturday (live music from 9pm).
Tickets cost £5 except £10 for entry on Saturday after 6.10pm in advance or £12 on the door; £3 admission for CAMRA members (except Saturday evening), (no processing fees for this event)
To book tickets contact the box office on 0845 1461460.