Cheers to 39 years of Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival

Published: Thursday 16th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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From today until Saturday, real ale and cider lovers can get together and try a range of tipples at Hull Minster.

The Hull and East Yorkshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is celebrating its 39th annual Hull Real Ale and Cider festival at the medieval church. CAMRA was established in 1971 with the aim to preserve traditional, rich-flavoured ales, ciders and perries, as well as create thriving pubs and clubs in local communities. It has rapidly become one of the most successful consumer campaigns, with over 188,000 people signed up to support the cause. 

Since the campaign began, the number of breweries in the UK producing real ale has increased tenfold. Now, over 1,500 establishments brew and sell real ale thanks to the dedicated work of passionate volunteers.

With over 130 different cask ales sourced from over a dozen breweries in the area, the Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival allows individuals and groups to experience the increasing diversity and popularity of the brewing industry.

The Minster serves as the perfect backdrop for this unique event. Dating back 700 years, the iconic structure is now recognised as one of the greatest churches to survive the English medieval period. In fact, it is the only building to remain today from the original ‘King’s Town’, from which Kingston upon Hull first gained its name.

The Minster has undergone many refurbishments and welcomed numerous famous guests. One of its claims to fame is being the place of baptism, and subsequently the local church, of notable MP William Wilberforce. Incredibly, the historic building survived both the German Zeppelins in 1915 and the horrific bombings during the Second World War.

At the event, festival-goers can sample from the city’s longest hand pump bar, installed especially for the even to serve beautifully poured real ales from casks, as well as an array of stronger beers. And of course, a broad choice of ciders and bottled beers will be on offer from local producers and worldwide brewers alike.

It’s not just about the beverages, however. A selection of tasty hot and cold bites from regional traders are on sale inside the church, set against the backdrop of fantastic entertainment and live music.

Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival takea place at Hull Minster from 12pm until 11pm today, tomorrow and Saturday. Admission is £5, which includes a festival guide and refundable £1 glass, whilst CAMRA members can get in for free with a current membership card.

For more information, please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Thursday 16th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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