Record turnout for 5th Real Ale & Cider Festival

Full moon over Real Ale & Cider Festival 2013

Full moon over Real Ale & Cider Festival 2013

Warm autumn nights meant Festival visitors enjoyed the special selection of 36 ales and ciders out on the candelit verandah, as well as in the Festival Bar and the club’s Pavilion Bar.

The five days included the first Festival Quiz – more than 20 teams took part. Congratulations to the winners Klute (2nd were Jesmond Frackers and 3rd My Granny Can’t Bite) and big cheers for fantastic quizmaster Andy Buckley.

raffle winner 2_webTop prize in the raffle – the traditional 50 bottles of real ale – was won by Michael Cowperthwaite, with George Hurrell winning the Twenty20 tickets and Kevin Brindle the signed Durham CCC shirt (both courtesy of sponsor Marstons).

music on verandah_webMany thanks to the new CAMRA student bar team to add to our seasoned regulars, to the Cider Bar sponsors Oaks Properties and to the generous cask sponsors (see list below). Also thanks to Albert for his spirited harmonica performance out on the verandah!

There’s now an album of pictures on our Facebook site

The real ales and ciders offered at the 2013 Real Ale & Cider Festival at Newcastle Cricket Club  included:

  • award winners – like the ever-popular Thornbridge Jaipur
  • back by demand – like Oxford Gold and the Borders fruit ciders from Thistly Cross
  • seasonal specials
  • intriguing names – like Dr Morton’s Corpse Nailer


Here’s the full ales list – with thanks to all the generous cask sponsors.


And here’s the ciders list, brought thanks to the Cider Bar sponsor, Oaks Properties.



Full details of the Festival – including group discounts and new Festival Quiz – here.