Doncaster Beer Festival gets underway

Bob Kiddle raises his glass at the Beer Festival at Doncaster College. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bob Kiddle raises his glass at the Beer Festival at Doncaster College. Picture: Andrew Roe

Get on your bike for a wheely great weekend as the Doncaster Beer Festival rolls into town once again from today.

To mark the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in July, this year’s event, which kicks off at The Hub tonight, will have a theme to tie in with one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

And that’s because organisers Doncaster CAMRA - the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - has got on its collective bikes to bring a range of yellow jersey themed brews to town.

The festival theme this year will celebrate the beers of Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and London from breweries close to the first three stages of this year’s Tour de France.

The festival will be held at Doncaster College, today, tomorrow and Saturday and tipplers are promised a huge range of ales and other drinks at the festival, the 24th staging of the event in Doncaster and which has gone from strength to strength over the years.

There will be more than 120 real ales and ciders featured and local district breweries such as Doncaster Brewery will be well represented throughout the weekend.

Chairman Bob Kiddle said: “Once again we have been scouring brewery websites, visiting countless pubs and ringing lots of people to bring an even better selection still than 2013.”

In addition, there will be a foreign beer bar, fruit wines, food and live music.

The festival’s opening times are Thursday 6pm (5pm for CAMRA members) – 11pm and Friday and Saturday 11am – 11pm.

Admission prices are £4, £6 (after 6pm on Friday) and £2 after 6pm on Saturday.

The admission price includes a festival glass and a souvenir festival programme.

CAMRA members will gain free admission but will have to buy/hire a festival glass.

For more details about this year’s festival, visit CAMRA’s website