New beer festival is big hit with real ale lovers

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Some of the district’s finest craft beers were on offer at Morecambe’s first ever beer festival held in the atmospheric Winter Gardens at the weekend.

The event, whick kicked off off last Thursday until Saturday, was hailed a success by festival coordinator George Palmer, who gave thanks to the businesses, breweries and voluntary organisations that pulled together to make it happen.

Over 50 real ales and ciders were on offer, with Morecambe’s Cross Bay Brewery, Lancaster Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Mitchells’ York Brewery and Warton’s Old School Brewery taking centre stage on the bar.

The Winter Gardens was an ideal setting for the event, following its recent part refurbishment, proving that the venue could still do its job despite needing a much bigger overhaul in the long term.

Mr Palmer, former owner of Bryson’s Brewery and member of the Lunesdale branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said the idea for a beer festival in Morecambe was born about 15 months ago:

“It was always in my mind to do it here at the Winter Gardens,” he said.

“Big thanks to the Friends of the Winter Gardens for allowing us to use the building, and helping out over the weekend.

“The building is a lot more serviceable now, and they’re continuing to improve it.

“We’re here to promote real ale, the town of Morecambe, and local businesses.

“I think Morecambe has hit the bottom, but as far as I can see, the town is on the way up again, and if we can play a part in that, we will do.”