ale, lager, stout, porter, mild, barley wine – the list is almost endless!

Norwich City of Ale Launch Party

31 May 2012 - 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Likely to be the hottest ticket in town, join City of Ale founders Phil Cutter and Dawn Leeder as they celebrate the beginning of this year's festival.

Rub shoulders with local dignitaries the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Norwich, special guest Mike Benner, CEO of the Campaign for Real Ale, and an array of Norwich publicans and Norfolk brewers at St Gregory's Centre for the Arts.

Ticket only; keep an eye on the City of Ale website for news of when the tickets go on sale.

A touch of Norwich history

31 May 2012 - 2:30pm - 10 June 2012 - 4:00pm

Head back in time and wander around the heart of Norwich in the company of the city's friendly Blue Badge guides.

Throughout the festival, the Blue Badgers are running a couple of tours on alternate days, from 2.30-4pm. Perfect to serve as an intro to this atmospheric city while you build up a thirst and choose which pub to spend your evening in. 

The first tour begins at the 900-year-old Cathedral, itself one of Europe's finest Romanesque buildings. Follow in the footsteps of Nelson who spent nine months at the Cathedral School.

Norwich City of Ale

Norwich City of Ale is back, and it is bigger and better than ever. Honestly, it’s true. It already had an ample sufficiency of pubs and breweries involved. This year, there are even more, plus a clutch of Ale Trails, and the inaugural FemAle festival.

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Brewsters Chocolate Cyn

A queue quickly formed at the Tap East bar in Stratford on Tuesday night after a pint glass had been tapped to announce the much-anticipated unveiling of Chocolate Cyn, the result of an all female brewing collaboration between Sara Barton of Brewsters Brewing Company in Grantham and three beer writers.

28th London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival

7 March 2012 - 9 March 2012

By the time you read this, the 28th London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival will be a third of the way through, so there’s not a moment to lose…

Luckily the Festival is handy for a number of stations – within striking distance of Kings Cross St Pancras – and for those who can make it, the Thursday lunchtime session has free entry.

London’s growing family of brewers are once more featuring prominently, with nine of them among the 60 breweries present. And it’s not just a man’s game – four breweries with brewsters at the helm will be present: Brewsters, Monty, Off Beat, and Triple fff.

Meet the Cotswold Spring Brewers

1 March 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

In typically generous style, award-winning Cheltenham-based beer and cider specialist, Favourite Beers is shining the spotlight on a local micro-brewery in this Thursday’s Meet the Brewer event. Cotswold Spring Brewery will be pouring the samples from 7.30pm, offering you the chance to see, hear and taste what’s been happening over in Chipping Sodbury.

As the name implies, one of the brewery’s USP’s is that it uses natural Cotswold spring water. And, with a total rebrand plus the re-emergence of its range in bottles, sounds like there’s a fair bit to catch up on.

Astronomy in the Pub

25 February 2012 - 6:00pm

Head to Horns Lodge, one of the darkest village pubs in the south-east, for Astronomy in the Pub, a “lights out” evening in association with BBC Stargazing Live.

Part of the Brighton Science Festival, there will be plenty of telescopes set up in the pub garden, plus amateur astronomers on hand to help guide you round the stars.