Colchester’s Winter Beer Festival proves popular with busiest days still to come

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesda

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesday, 28 January. - Credit: Su Anderson

Ale enthusiasts have been celebrating another successful Winter Beer Festival from Colchester and North Essex CAMRA.

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesda

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesday, 28 January. - Credit: Su Anderson

The 8th annual event, at the Colchester Arts Centre, ends tomorrow.

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesda

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesday, 28 January. - Credit: Su Anderson

Committee member Tony Smith said: “It has been a great success, and with most of the beers, ciders and perries coming from our area it is a great tribute to the skill and popularity of local brewers.

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesda

Bar manager Paul Duffield pours a pint at the 8th annual winter beer festival from Camra on Wednesday, 28 January. - Credit: Su Anderson

“Attendance has been good, but we have plenty of beers left with more coming on all the time.”

Food is available each day and there will be live ska and reggae music tomorrow night.


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The festival, which began on Wednesday, is open from noon until 11pm each day.

Entry is free from noon-3pm, £3 after, or free to CAMRA members, while drivers can have free soft drinks.

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