Beer festival bosses look forward to pulling in a crowd

Ashbrooke Sports Club beer festival.
Manager Gerard Harvey
Ashbrooke Sports Club beer festival. Manager Gerard Harvey
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Fancy knocking back a Battleaxe or a Radgie Gadgie?

A toast will be raised this weekend as a sports club hosts its annual beer festival for the seventh time.

It’s a traditional kind of festival and its grown over the years, it’s become a real success.

Gerard Harvey

More than 30 beers and at least a dozen ciders and perries, as well as wine and prosecco, will be served up this Friday and Saturday at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland.

Drinkers will also be able to tuck into food from a barbecue and enjoy acoustic sets during the event.

Breweries from the region, including Double Maxim at Houghton, Camerons in Hartlepool, Allendale in Northumberland and Mordue in North Shields will join others from across the country as they showcase their ales.

Festival goers will be able to take a taste of IPAs, a chocolate stout, a vanilla porter and an elderflower blonde among the beers.

They will also be able to discover the flavours behind names including Nice Weather 4 Ducks and Ginger Ninja by Dancing Duck brewery, Oh Crumbs and Jammy Dodger by Fuggle Bunny and Funky Gibbon and Chimpchimney by Blue Monkey.

Gerard Harvey, the club’s general manager, said: “It’s a traditional kind of festival and its grown over the years, it’s become a real success.

“It’s also a good fundraiser for the club and brought in over £5,000 last year, which helps with the running of the club.

“We rely on events to help and support our work.

“It should be a really good couple of days.”

Doors for the event, which is sponsored by Town Centre Citroen, will open at 4pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday.

Admission is £10 per day, which includes three drinks and a commemorative half-pint glass.