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.
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.
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.”