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Here’s your chance to sample 125 fabulous brews

Raise a glass – or two – to the 29th Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival, which rolls into Fleetwood’s Marine Hall this week.

This annual celebration of real ales, perries and ciders takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

As well as some 125 foaming brews on offer over the three days, there will be fabulous live music.

And the event is also raising money for charity, with this year’s recipients being the local Community First Responders.

As part of the town’s 175th anniversary celebrations, Poulton’s own Fuzzy Duck Brewery has created a new beer (Pharos Light) for the festival. Lytham Brewery will be supplying an (as yet un-named) beer brewed specially for the anniversary.

Also, viewers of BBC’s Oz and Hugh Raise The Bar may be interested to note that Grandma’s Weapons Grade Ginger Beer will be available to the festival early birds.

On Friday night, very versatile Blue Pig Orchestra will be returning to Fleetwood, while Saturday’s entertainment will be provided by The Versions.

As well as home-grown ale, there will be a World Beers bar, showcasing bottled beer from the Continent and beyond. Highlights include Brigand, a Belgian beer at 9% abv.

Additionally, there will be a wider than usual selection of US beers in various styles, proving that the US contribution to ale does not begin and end with their version of Budweiser.

The Cider Bar will have 14 real ciders, sixperries and one pyder (made from apples and pears).

The festival will be open from 7pm till 11pm on Thursday and noon till 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission £2 on Thursday evening, £3 on Friday and Saturday (free to CAMRA members, including anyone who joins CAMRA at the festival).