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Ciders and beers being lined up for festival
A CIDER maker from Northwich is in charge of selecting some of the best tipples for Northwich Beer Festival this year.
Matthew Veasey, from Nook’s Yard Cider, is selecting the ciders for this year’s festival as the cider representative for CAMRA’s north Cheshire branch.
He is planning to include more than 12 real ciders and perries from 12 traditional craft cider makers.
“Styles will cater for a range of tastes, from sweet through to full-bodied, and as a cider maker myself, I've individually selected them to showcase the skill of some of the best craft cidermakers in the country,” he said.
“Makers such as Mike Johnson, Tom Oliver and Denis Gwatkins have all been visited by TV chef's, featured in the national press and won numerous awards for their products.”
This year’s festival will also feature beers from around the world.
Joe Wright, from CAMRA, this year’s beer manager, said: “Near and Far could be the theme for this year’s Beer Festival as we'll be featuring both local and foreign beers.
“We are once again hosting a semi final in the Champion Beer of Cheshire competition and should have more than 30 beers from breweries within a 30-mile radius of Northwich.
“While CAMRA is keen to reduce 'beer miles' by encouraging local beers we also support beer styles from across the world and so this year we'll have a small foreign beer bar selling seven different beers from Europe and the USA.
“These will be keg rather than cask beers as is the tradition in these countries and will feature Belgian fruit beers as well as an India Pale Ale from Maryland USA.”
• The Beer Festival takes place at the memorial hall on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22.
Tickets are on sale at the information centre, Jack Gee's Cycles and the memorial hall.
Rotarians and CAMRA members will be selling tickets in the town centre on Saturday morning.