Wine on offer at beer festival

Nick Young tecnical director Durham CAMRA with one of the first pints pulled at their beer festival at Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham.

Nick Young tecnical director Durham CAMRA with one of the first pints pulled at their beer festival at Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham.

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WINE is on offer for the first time as a beer festival gets under way.

Durham Camra’s 33rd festival also features more than 120 handpull beers, and 30 ciders and perries.

The branch’s volunteers have set up their own bars which they say gives the festival a more professional look, and opening hours this year have been extended to 11pm.

The festival, in Dunelm House, New Elvet, opens at 11am and finishes at 11pm on Saturday.

Admission is £3 today and free tomorrow.

Beer, served in pint glasses for the first time this year, is £1.50 a half pint.

Camra’s members and trade representatives have already been given a chance to try out the tipples on offer.

Mark Hird, of Wearside pub and restaurant company Tavistock Leisure, to launched the celebrations alongside a representative of the Lindsfarne Gospels exhibition.

Hog roast, sausages and burgers are on the menu, alongside a host of other dishes for ale aficionados to wash down. The city’s branch of Camra can be followed on Twitter via @CAMRADurham.