Tynemouth Beer Festival 2018
Thursday 6th September saw the annual return of the Tynemouth Beer Festival at Tynemouth Cricket Club.
£10 Admission got you access to the full weekend, along with a neat ‘Festival’ branded beer glass, the weekend programme, a branded souvenir pen and some beer tokens!
(Editor Note**We sent our writer Marc Chilton to Tynemouth Beer Festival 2018 – and i think he has just got over the hangover and great time he had with this late review…ha ha)
We were greeted at the entrance by Festival Manager, Neil Harvey, who was welcoming and talked to us about the background of the festival, including the new cooling system in place to keep the beverages at the ideal temperature.
Although not as well attended as Friday and Saturday, Thursday offered a chance to sample some of the products early before crowds arrived for the weekend’s festivities and live music shows.
With the programme in hand and the beers ready to go, you couldn’t go wrong picking something to your taste, the festival offered an impressive fifty different beers and almost 20 ciders, as well as a Prosecco Bar and ‘The Beverage Box’, where one could indulge in premium Gins, Rum’s and Whiskeys.
Each beer token cost £1.75, which was a very fair price in my opinion. Not to mention that 10% of the profits from the weekend are donated to St Oswald’s Hospice, which is a great cause!
Among the favourite beers were the Avid ‘Ice Cream Pale’, one of the ‘session drinks’ at 3.8%. Another popular choice, and top of the shop for strength was the Deadbolt IPA, at 7.5%, from Dog & Rabbit.
Keen fans of football were also drawn to the Rossendale Ale, with Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff the sponsor of this Rossendale choice. The man himself also making an appearance on Saturday.
A well-equipped and staffed bar meant it was easy and convenient to get served by the friendly staff, that was until the popular drinks began to run dry on Saturday night, however to be expected!
A packed Saturday night was concluded with a great set from The Teresa Watson band, with some great covers of classic soul and blues. Following from Irish party band Shamrock Street, who lifted the venue with some great fiddle and flute music, and acoustic duo Auld Mans Baccie, with the stage floor not shy of tipsy dancers!
A great weekend in all, I am looking forward to returning next year, as the Festivals reputation continues to grow.