Popular beer festival is massive success

Organiser Tim Webster and Melton CAMRA chairman Kevin Billson launch the Broad Appeal brew 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
Organiser Tim Webster and Melton CAMRA chairman Kevin Billson launch the Broad Appeal brew 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
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One of the ‘best ever’ Melton beer festivals helped pull in the crowds at the 13th annual two-day event.

Due to the success of last year’s festival there were just over 55 ales on offer at the popular attraction, held at the cattle market on Friday and Saturday, along with about 20 ciders and perries.

CAMRA crew Paul Wilson, Andrew Wilson,Pete Wilkinson and Harvey Hopwood keep the beers flowing 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

CAMRA crew Paul Wilson, Andrew Wilson,Pete Wilkinson and Harvey Hopwood keep the beers flowing 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

The festival, organised by Melton Mowbray Market and the Melton and District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) featured a strong presence of locally-brewed beers as well as ales from the North East and Northumberland, giving drinkers the chance to try ales they would not normally see in this area.

There was also a special beer brewed for the festival by Burrough-on-the-Hill based Parish Brewery, which was pulling in the pounds for The Broad Appeal. This is a charity set up by England and Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad in aid of Motor Neurone Disease. Stuart’s stepfather and ex-Leicester Tigers star Nick Joyce poured the first beer ‘eight for 15,’ named after Stuart’s bowling figures in a recent cricket Ashes test match against Australia.

The event also saw live music performed by We Tried Kylie and The Platforms (last ever gig) on Friday and Project Blue and The Worx on Saturday.

Melton market manager Tim Webster said: “It was another success for the beer festival.

Long Clawson drinking buddies Steve Tunnicliffe, Jo Coffey and John Adcock in action 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Long Clawson drinking buddies Steve Tunnicliffe, Jo Coffey and John Adcock in action 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Despite the fact the Rugby World Cup started on Friday, this did not deter people and there was a great atmosphere on both evenings.

“This year was by far one of the best events we’ve ever had and it included judging for the Champion Beer of Britian (East Midlands) Award in the speciality mild ale class.”