All hail the ale at Colchester’s ninth winter beer festival

Steve Jones taps kegs for the Ninth Colchester CAMRA Winter Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre.

Steve Jones taps kegs for the Ninth Colchester CAMRA Winter Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre. - Credit: Su Anderson

Ales, ciders and even chocolate stout are on offer at the ninth Colchester Winter Beer Festival which opens its doors today.

Steve Jones taps kegs for the Ninth Colchester CAMRA Winter Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre.

Steve Jones taps kegs for the Ninth Colchester CAMRA Winter Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre. - Credit: Su Anderson

The annual event from Colchester Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) takes place at the Colchester Arts Centre until Saturday.

This year’s chosen charity from Colchester CAMRA is St Helena Hospice, with patrons able to donate both cash at the door and unused beer vouchers to generate funds for the hospice.

Tony Smith, Colchester CAMRA spokesman, said: “We have raised thousands of pounds for good causes before and hope to do the same for the hospice, though it’s all down to the generosity of our visitors.

“We have responded to popular demand with more than 150 brews on offer, including some new breweries we have never had before, with a range of styles and flavours.


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“There are some real gems in there, all sorts of wonderful things, and the Belgian bar also makes a return.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people, whether new to real ale or old hands.”

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Live music is also on offer on Saturday evening from Psycho Dehlia, as well as food stalls at all sessions.

The festival is open from noon until 11pm each day, with admission free until 3pm and £3 per person afterwards.

Designated drivers can enjoy free soft drinks.

Find out more at www.colchestercamra.org.uk.

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