Micropub set to host its spring beer festival

Berwick's award-winning The Curfew micropub will be hosting its annual spring beer festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 10:50 am
Gemma and David Cook. The Curfew, Bridge Street.

The festival, which kicks off noon on Friday, April 29, and draws to a close at 10pm on Monday, May 2, will feature 50 cask ales from UK micros north and south of the Border.

The focus this year will be on hop-forward ales but drinkers will also have a choice of stouts, porters and best bitters, including specially-brewed beer in the wood from Spittal’s Bear Claw and a one-off festival special brew called Brown Cow from the highly-rated Wylam Brewery, which will also be served from the wood.

In only its second year of business, The Curfew received the accolade of Northumberland Pub of the Year 2015 from the Tyneside & Northumberland branch of CAMRA in recognition of the quality of the pub’s ales and its innovative approach to beer selection.

The pub, at 46 A Bridge Street in Berwick, has an enclosed beer garden which is a real sun trap in decent weather.

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Curfew owners Gemma and David Cook are looking forward to running their second beer festival.

Gemma said: “There’ll be a fantastic choice of ales over the weekend. We’ve sourced casks from microbreweries all over the UK and we’re confident that people will enjoy what’s on offer.

“There are some rarities on the list and we’re delighted that Wylam are launching a new dark beer at the festival, and that Rikki Graham, from Bear Claw, is also producing a festival special for us. Our staff team will be working throughout the weekend to keep the ale flowing.”

David added: “In addition to the cask ales, we’ll have some excellent craft beers in our fridges from the US, UK and Belgium. Our programme will be published next week on our social media feeds, so people planning to come along can find out which ales will be available throughout the weekend.”