Lincoln CAMRA Beer Festival Kicks Off At The Drill Hall

The 100+ barrel strong beer festival has gotten off to a flying start in The Drill Hall on Free School Lane. With cask beers from as far a field as the Shetland Isles and as close as Monks Road there’s a nice range this year. Some highlights from the real ale bar include Shetland based Lerwick Brewery’s American hopped IPA, Oakham Ales’ Ahkenatan, Blue Monkey’s fantastic session beer BG Sips and Fownes’ Storyteller, a ginger and honey ale.

Lincoln CAMRA worked with local brewer Steve Marston from Cathedral Heights Brewery to create a special bitter to commemorate 100 years since the first tank went into service from Lincoln.

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“Our festival special is brewing away nicely! Brewed locally at Cathedral Heights Brewery. L-R Head Brewer Steve Marston & Beer Festival Bar Manager Ashley Sewell. Be sure to try a Tritton Tank Ale at the festival #lcbf2k16″

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In addition to the real ale bar there is an international bottled beer bar and a large selection of ciders. Beer fanatic, Ben Cambery who put together the international bar recommends trying the beers from Danish breweries To Øl and Mikkeller.

There will be plenty of live music throughout the weekend situated in the cafe bar of The Drill Hall.

Friday 27th May

7.00pm Jasmine Rodgers “acoustic blues, folk and rock”
8.30pm The Hooleys “Lincoln’s own energetic Irish folk-fusion dance band”

Saturday 28th May

12.00pm Itchy Fingers “ragtime, country blues and western swing”
3.00pm Stand In Blues Band “laid-back blues to uptempo Chicago style”
6.15pm Joel Berger “lounge guitarist”
8.00pm Treebeard “beer festival regulars, they describe their style as ‘heavy wood’”

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The festival is open from 12pm to 11pm on Friday 27th – Saturday 28th May. Entry is free for CAMRA members and £3 for the rest of use. Don’t forget your £3 for your festival glass deposit!

Cheeky Imp’s Chainsaw Massacre (brewed in Waddington) was the first cask to empty on Thursday night. Do that make it the beer of the festival? Let us know what beers you loved this weekend!

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