Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Colchester’s winter ale festival opens with Pig’s Ear a popular choice

18:52 22 January 2014

The 7th Colchester Winter Ale Festival opens at The Colchester Arts Centre.  
Andy Bozman

The 7th Colchester Winter Ale Festival opens at The Colchester Arts Centre. Andy Bozman

It’s not just middle-aged men sporting beards and sandals that enjoy a pint of real ale these days, according to the Colchester and North East Essex branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

shares

The group, which organises the Colchester Winter Ale Festival – running this week from Wednesday to Saturday – is expecting a mixed crowd through the doors of the Colchester Arts Centre, where more than 100 beers will be available across the four days of the event.

“Over the past decade we’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of real ale in our area,” said branch chairman Alan Wareham.

“It’s been driven by the growth in independent and micro-breweries, and a lot of pubs now offering at least one or two real ales. Young people have got the taste for it and are demanding more choice – we get people of all ages, men and women, coming along to try out beers they might not have come across before.”

The growing interest in Essex beers with intriguing names like Cat’s Whiskers, Wallasea Wench and Pig’s Ear is evidenced by the fact this is the seventh successive Winter Ale Festival to be held.

Despite reservations the event was being held too close to the New Year, it is now established on Colchester’s social calendar and a few thousand revellers are expected to enjoy its warm atmosphere this week.

While the whole gamut of beers, including golden ales, lagers and Belgians beers, will be ready for sampling, the festival’s focus is on darker seasonal ales, stouts and porters that are popular at this time of year. Some are fruity in essence, others have a chocolaty aftertaste, hints of liquorice can be also be found – all will help drinkers stave off the chilly seasonal weather.

The festival’s logo is an elephant, a nod to the nearby water tower - known affectionately as ‘Jumbo’ - and also a reference to the branch’s bizarre habit of measuring the amount of beer dispensed at its events in terms of its equivalent weight in elephants.

“We’re hoping to get through three elephants this year,” said Mr Wareham.

The festival runs from until Saturday and is open 12noon to 11pm every day. Entry is free to card-carrying CAMRA Members, and free to others until 3pm or £3 after. The Festival’s chosen charity this year is the Colchester Branch of the Royal British Legion.

shares

0 comments

The scene of the collision on the A1088 at Honington.

A man has died after a lorry and a car were involved in a crash in Suffolk today.

The scene after a raid at the Costcutter supermarket in Woolpit.

Crooks used a stolen JCB Digger to smash into a supermarket and steal a cash machine thought to have contained thousands of pounds in a ram raid in Suffolk.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A Mothercare shop worker had admitted stealing childcare and maternity items worth nearly £12,500 and selling a stolen pushchair to a police officer.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A dishonest driver has admitted filling up with petrol on 14 occasions at garages across Suffolk and Essex but failing to pay for his fuel.

Ipswich Crown Court

A robber who broke into an Ipswich flat before threatening the occupant with a kitchen knife has been jailed.

Hare coursing (stock photo)

Four men and a teenage boy arrested in connection with hare coursing in Suffolk have been charged, police have said.

Wayne Leech and Mark Ripper with soap star Gemma Atkinson at the Slimming World Man of the Year awards

Two Suffolk men have shed a total of more than 21st in little over a year – and been named among the country’s top male slimmers for 2015.

Rural crime has been falling in Suffolk and across East Anglia.

New figures show a significant fall in the level of rural crime across the region – but there are significant differences between Suffolk and Essex.

Labour leadership candidate, Caroline Flint, visits Roundwood Bowls Club in Ipswich.

Two of the candidates hoping to become Labour’s next deputy leader visited Ipswich at the weekend – and another is due in town tomorrow.

Millions have been paid to passengers since 2012

There was a £900,000 increase in the amount paid to delayed passengers in just one year – from £1.4m in 2013/14 to £2.3m in 2014/15.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages