Bottoms up! Three day beer festival begins in Lincoln

More than 100 real ales from across the UK are being served up at the 2017 Lincoln CAMRA Beer Festival.

The festival at the Drill Hall on Free School Lane is open on Friday from noon until 11pm and Saturday from noon until 11pm.

Entry to the event is £3 and there’s also live music and food in the Drill Hall cafe.

A souvenir festival glass is also available to visitors, with a refund on return or a take-home memento.

The 2017 event marks the 40th anniversary of the Lincoln Beer Festival and has grown significantly from its origins in the upstairs room of the Stag’s Head on Newport.

Organisers expect to be serving up over 10,000 pints throughout the weekend, including also a number of traditional farm-produced ciders and perry.

Last year, around 3,500 people attended the event.

A number of knight-themed beers have been ordered to run alongside the theme of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail:

  • The festival ale is brewed by 8 Sail Brewery at Heckington and is called A Knight’s Ale
  • Cathedral Heights Brewery is producing a beer called Lincoln Knight Ale
  • Carlton Knight is brewed by Welbeck Abbey Brewery and is normally only available at the brewery tap, the Grey Horses Inn at Carlton in Lindrick
  • Fallen Knight and White Knight are both brewed by Goffs Brewery in the Cotswolds
  • Knight of the Garter is a golden ale from Windsor & Eton Brewery

Lauraine Compton, the festival organiser, said: “Our volunteers put in a huge amount of work to organise and run the event.

“It’s not a question of drinking for effect – they study the tasting notes and discuss the merits of the different beers with friends.”