All hail the ale

Drinks: Beers
Location: England, Europe

Want to see how a city runs a top beer festival? Yes, a city? Well Norwich City of Ale festival sweeps into view today, running until Sunday 1 June.

Last year 57,000 pints brewed by 36 local breweries were served. This year there’s 44 pubs, 39 breweries and over 200 beers on offer.

The roster of events is breathtaking – 200 in all. From Ale Tasting and Nibbles with beer royalty Roger Protz to a panel discussion celebrating women in beer with newly crowned Beer Sommelier of the Year, Jane Peyton, alongside former Brewer of the Year, Sara Barton of Brewsters in Grantham. There’s a Fat Cat Fun Bus, joining the three iconic Fat Cat pubs, plus seven DIY ale trails, all detailed in the programme.

So successful has this initiative been – this is its fourth year – that founders Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter are headed to the House of Commons in June to share their secrets.

See for yourself – there’s more info at the City of Ale site. A fuller report appears on

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