Monday, 10 December 2018

65,000 pints of beer and cider were consumed at Norwich Beer Festival

65,000 pints of beer and cider were consumed by visitors to the Halls in Norwich to celebrate the Norwich Beer Festival!  

But for those sorry to see the end of the festival, Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA are pleased to announce they have another festival – just around the corner in February!

Great British Beer Festival Winter

The Great British Beer Festival Winter will kick start on February 1st with a Fringe Festival around Norwich ale and cider pubs and the Beer Festival itself will start from February 19th 2019 in the Halls.

The February Festival, which offers beers of every season, shade and style, so will have those popular golden beers sitting alongside the winter favourites, plus ciders and perries, will have music nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Free entrance to CAMRA members will also be extended to this festival, which will run from Tuesday February 19th to Saturday 23rd 2019.  For more information visit

The festival will then move to a different CAMRA location in 2020, having been hosted in Norwich for the customary three years.  So this is the last chance to attend the festival in Norwich!

41st Norwich Beer Festival

The February festival hopes to repeat the success of the Norwich Beer Festival, where 65,000 pints were enjoyed - from the cask ale, cider, perry, world beer and keg bars.  Even wine and mead made an appearance at the October Norwich Beer Festival!

New for 2018 was the Curiosity Bar, managed by Gavin Cooper, offering some new and interesting UK cask beers, never featured before at Norwich Beer Festival and was a firm favourite with regular visitors to the festival.

Beers of The Festival

Each year, drinkers at the October festival vote for their favourite beers, ciders and perries. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your Christmas party, or just want to know what to look out for over the festive season, take a look at the winners selected during the Norwich Beer Festival!

The overall winner and Beer of the Festival, as voted by the festival visitors, was Thurlton Gold by People's Brewery.  Second place went to an Anglian Craft Brewers Collaboration brew by Norfolk Brewhouse & brewer Kevin Pratt with their Moongazer Californian Magnum and Elmtree’s Nightlight was awarded third place.

The full list of category winners is available here.

Over £11,000 raised by charity at Norwich Beer Festival

Over £11,000 was donated by beer and cider drinkers at the 41st Norwich Beer Festival for  local charity Headway.

From the generosity of the October festival public, the chosen local charity, Headway, raised over £11,000 towards its care for brain-injured people of all ages in Norfolk and Waveney.

Daniel Williams, the charity’s Director, commented that they are all thrilled with the donations and the increased awareness of the charity and their work.

Find out more about Headway on their website.