Visitors enjoy a relaxing time at Greene King’s very own Oktoberfest in Bury St Edmunds

Oktoberfest, in the Greene King gardens at its Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

Oktoberfest, in the Greene King gardens at its Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Sunshine, beer and live music made for a relaxing atmosphere at Suffolk brewer Greene King’s first Oktoberfest.

Staff member Jo Cocksedge.

Staff member Jo Cocksedge. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Held at the site of its Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds, the three-day free event coincided with the final weekend of the world’s largest annual beer festival, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

From Friday to today, Greene King opened its on-site pub, the Brewery Tap, and the surrounding gardens to the public, who had the chance to sample leading, speciality and craft beers brewed at the Westgate brewery and the Belhaven brewery in Dunbar, Scotland, including Greene King IPA Reserve, St Edmunds, Black IPA and Gangly Ghoul.

Real ales were also on offer from East Anglian breweries, like St Peter’s and Green Jack, and microbreweries, such as Dark Star.

Festival-goers were entertained throughout the weekend with live music from local acoustic guitarists and jazz musicians and a variety of pub and garden games, and the classic dishes of fish and chips, curry and a barbecue kept hunger at bay.


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Cathy Truin, Greene King brewery visitor centre manager, said: “It’s to give people an understanding of our beers and other people’s beers and to give them that choice. It’s a couple of days for people to chill out and come to the brewery and see what we are about. We have got such a lovely space here.”

She added: “We have been so lucky with the weather. It’s been just a nice atmosphere here.”

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