Real Ale & Cider Festival 2014

AlefestlogoThe CAMRA Tyneside Club of the Year – for the second year running! – is once again hosting its five-day Real Ale & Cider Festival – and there are more than 30 beers and ciders to sample, from local breweries and around the UK. It runs from Thurs 16 Oct to Monday 20 Oct.

New this year is a special treat! – refreshments are provided by the Northumberland Sausage Company (who also provide veggie options!). Top prize in the raffle – 50 bottles of real ale!!

Full moon over Real Ale & Cider Festival 2013

Full moon over Real Ale & Cider Festival 2013

The club is delighted to bring back the Festival Quiz on Saturday evening, following its successful launch in 2013.

And it thanks sponsors Oaks Properties for once again sponsoring the Cider Bar.


  • Thurs 16 Oct: launch at 5pm
  • Friday 17 Oct: doors open from 4pm – the weekend starts here!
  • Saturday 18 Oct: 12 noon start – Festival Quiz from 7.30
  • Sunday 19 Oct: 12 noon start
  • Monday 20 Oct: 5pm start – raffle draw at 10pm
  • Entry is £2 and souvenir glasses cost £1. Special arrangements for group bookings: please contact

    FESTIVAL TASTING NOTES: Beers are A to Z (well nearly, Adnams to York Guzzler, plus Boondoggle, Mole Catcher, ever-popular Oxford Gold and many more). Ciders – the wonderful Thistley Cross made with Scottish strawberries, plus lots of other fruit flavours including ginger, elderflower and even whiskey. Top strength: Westons Wyld Wood Organic 7.3%.

    Festival goers will be remembering stalwart Kirby Mains, a loyal CAMRA and Newcastle Cricket Club supporter, who launched the very first festival – seen here receiving a special tankard as thanks. Kirby passed away earlier this year.

    beer fest 09 kirby mains edit