Conoisseurs of fine ales will be marking off the days to April 10 when the island’s third CAMRA beer and cider festival throws open its doors to the public once again.
The three-day event which has 125 real ales, ciders and perries, has the official blessing from none other than the bishop - the Right Reverend Robert Paterson – who will be at the Masonic Hall on Woodbourne Road in Douglas to conduct the opening ceremony on Thursday night.
As part of the official opening ceremony he will pull the first pint - not of Bishop’s Finger, the popular Kent brew, but of Bushy’s Airmed Red, specially brewed in support of this year’s good cause.
The new brew will be sold in aid of the Rob Vine Fund which provides medical equipment for use around the TT and Southern 100 courses and 10p from each pint sold will be donated to the cause.
On offer at the festival will be beers from all five of the island’s breweries as well as offerings from all parts of the British Isles, including milds, bitters, pale ales and porters as well as a seven per cent Russian stout. There will be real lagers as well as beers flavoured with chocolate, coffee, toffee, honey, orange, damson, coconut and ginger. Britain’s only green beer will be joined by the only pink beer – Fruits You – specially brewed for the festival using fresh raspberries, by the Hooded Ram brewery in Douglas. Cheques will also be presented to the RNLI, the good cause for 2013, of money raised by Bushy’s and the CAMRA Festival.
On Friday and Saturday the Festival is open to all from 12 noon – 4pm and again from 5pm – 11pm. Friday and Saturday, it is open midday to 4pm and 5pm to 11pm. There is a reduced admission charge for CAMRA members. There will also be live music each night and food on offer.