Thursday, 17 July 2014

18th Worthing Beer Festival

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October sees the return of the Worthing Beer Festival to the St Paul’s centre, Chapel Road, a walk of just a few minutes from the town’s central railway station. Under the stewardship of Roy and the late Bruce and Pete, the festival has steadily grown in stature, outgrowing the Richmond Rooms in 2011 and requiring a move to the wonderful St Paul’s. In 2003 there were forty-four beers and two ciders available. This year, the new organisers, Debbi, Ray and Jim, hope to increase the numbers to over seventy-five beers and sixteen ciders and perries, the latter which for the first time will have their own dedicated bar. As the number of breweries in the county has grown, the Sussex bar will be located in the main hall to allow an increased range to be made available. The two other bars will feature the best beers from micro breweries around the country and beyond.

Saturday entertainment will feature jazz from Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five from 2.30-5pm, while from 7.30pm, the record-breaking international singer-songwriter Tensheds and his band will perform ( Session times: Friday 11am-3.30pm (£3.50) & 5.30-11pm (£5); Saturday 11am-4pm (£4) with £3.00 entry from 4-11pm or until the beer runs out. Tickets will be available from mid-August, at the venue, St Paul’s, and from the Selden Arms, Worthing; the Gardeners Arms, Sompting; Henty Arms, Ferring; New Sussex Hotel, Lancing; Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea; and the Evening Star, Brighton. Tickets are subject to availability on the door. Postal applications can be made to: The Treasurer, The Boathouse, Shopsdam Road, Lancing, BN15 8ES; please make cheques payable to “Arun & Adur CAMRA”. Friday evening and Saturday sell out very quickly, so advance booking is advised.

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