Roll out the barrel for 30th festival

Fleetwood Beer Festival organizer Russell Cobb at the Marine Hall.
Fleetwood Beer Festival organizer Russell Cobb at the Marine Hall.

FLEETWOOD Beer and Cider festival rolls out the barrels this week for the 30th anniversary.

The festival’s future hung in the balance just a few weeks ago over a rise in the rental of the Marine Hall but last-minute talks reached an agreement for this year.

More than 100 real ales will be on offer over the three days.

The beer list is a canny mix of staple festival favourites and newer brews, with Fylde breweries strongly represented.

Among those ales making their Fleetwood debut is Green Jack Baltic Imperial Stout which, at 10.5%, could be the strongest beer ever featured at the festival.

Festival spokesperson Russell Cobb (pictured) said: “This year, recognising the fact that real ale is gradually becoming more popular among younger drinkers, the festival will also feature a Young Persons’ Bar.

“It’s still strictly over 18’s but this section will include, among others, some flavoured ales that are a slight departure from more ‘traditional’ beer styles, and which are often aimed at the younger market.

“Though, of course, all are welcome to sample its wares!.

As well as home-grown ale, there will be a World Beers bar.

“Many styles of bottled beer including lager, fruit-flavoured and wheat will be on sale, and every inhabited continent of the world will no doubt be represented,” said Russell.

“There will also, of course, be a cider bar, with its usual comprehensive selection of real ciders and perries.”

Live music will be a key feature of the festival.

“It is great to be able to stage the festival this year and the branch has every intention of staging the festival next year,” said Russell.

“Discussions are ongoing with Wyre Borough Council for an agreement to be reached which will enable us to continue.

As well as providing top quality real ale, the festival will also attempt to raise money for our chosen charities - McMillan Nurses and Guide Dogs. The Festival runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 9, 10 and 11.