Shortts Farm Brewery organise first beer and music festival to take place in Bury St Edmunds

Matt Hammond of Shortts Farm Brewery.

Matt Hammond of Shortts Farm Brewery. - Credit: Contributed

A couple from Bury St Edmunds are combining their passion for beer and music by launching a pop-up festival in their home town.

Matt Hammond and his partner Ellie Mann have run Shortts Farm Brewery, in Thorndon, near Eye, for nearly three years at a converted cattle shed at his parents’ farm.

The beers already have a music theme – they include ‘Indie’ and ‘Strummer’ – and Mr Hammond explained the idea for pop-up events was born after the couple struggled to find a decent pint at music festivals.

Mr Hammond, 32, said they hope to have events across East Anglia, but the first is taking place at the Unitarian Meeting House in Churchgate Street, Bury, on March 28.

This event will have a folk theme and there will be six artists playing during the day, followed by three bands in the evening.

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Mr Hammond believes the pop-up events offer something new.

He added: “There are so many people competing in the same market, as in pubs. There are so many different breweries out there so we want to stand out and be a bit different at the same time.”

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Shortts beers can be found at Bury pubs including the Dove and Benson Blakes.

Mr Hammond said the brewery’s four beers in the current range will be available at the festival next week together with new beer ‘The Cure’ and three exclusive festival beers. There will also be around five different ciders available from Burnards of Norfolk.

There will be another pop-up event at the Rehearsal Rooms in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury, in June, and Mr Hammond hopes to roll them out to places including Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge.

Tickets for the festival on March 28 can be purchased on the door or from Oakes Barn in St Andrew’s Street South. Tickets cost £5 and include a free pint before 6.30pm.

For more information visit the Facebook page ‘Shortts Farm Brewery’. Find them on Twitter using @shorttsfarmbrew

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