Cheers! Over 10k pints ready to be served at this year’s Lincoln Beer Festival

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Lincoln Beer Festival is set to return to the city this month – 40 years after its first appearance.

At this year’s festival, which takes place at Lincoln Drill Hall from May 25 to 27, drinkers will find a choice of over 100 real ales from across the UK.

They can also enjoy traditional, farm-produced cider and perry, plus bottled beers from around the world.

Last year, around 3,500 visitors from across the country attended the event.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The festival is organised by the Lincoln branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Over a period of ten days, more than 60 unpaid volunteers will convert the Drill Hall into a giant pub, serve more than 10,000 pints, and finally return the Hall to its original state.

Opening times for the festival include:

  • Thursday, May 25: Noon – 3pm
  • Thursday, May 25: 4pm – 6pm (Trade Session – invitation only)
  • Thursday, May 25: 6pm – 11pm
  • Friday, May 26: Noon – 11pm
  • Saturday, May 27: Noon – 11 pm

Admission to the Thursday lunchtime session is free. The admission charge for the other sessions is £3, although CAMRA members gain free entry at all times.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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.”