UPCOMING BEER FESTIVALS

REAL ALE FESTIVAL – 12th – 23rd October 2016 – Wetherspoon pubs.

HILLSBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL OYSTER FESTIVAL – 30th August – 3rd September
(Cask ale bar at the Hillside).

PORTRUSH BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL – Town Hall: 30th September – 1st October.
(Expecting some cask ale)

IRISH FESTIVAL OF CRAFT BEER – RDS, Dublin: 8th – 10th September.
(Usually several cask ales)

ABV FESTIVAL – Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast: 1st – 3rd September.
(Key Keg/Cask, hopefully, some hand pulled ale from Whitewater)

BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL – 28th August – North Down Cricket Club.
(Castle Lane,Comber,County Down. BT23 5EB )

HILDEN BEER FESTIVAL – Hilden Brewery: 26th – 28th August.
(Mainly cask ale)

DIRTY DUCK BEER FESTIVAL – Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood: 17th – 21st August.
(All cask ale)

HORATIO TODD’S NI CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL – 20th August.
Horatio Todd’s car park 12 – 8 pm. (Not expecting cask ale)

HILLSIDE BEER FESTIVAL – Hillside, Hillsborough: 5th – 7th August.
(Cask ale bar)

WETHERSPOON CRAFT CIDER FESTIVAL – Wetherspoon pubs: 8th – 24th July.

OLIVER HUGHES R.I.P

Its is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Oliver Hughes at the weekend.

Oliver was a pioneer of the independent beer scene who founded the Porterhouse pub chain. We had some of their ales at our early festivals and we visited the brewery when it was in the Porterhouse in Parliament Street.

Oliver was only in his mid fifties, clearly someone who has gone too soon.

Belfast Craft Beer Festival 21 – 23 April 2016

The Irish Craft Beer festival comes north for the first time. For CAMRA members there were 11 hand pulled ales on:

Brehon: Ulster Black,
Farmageddon: Porter,
Hilden: Molly’s Chocolate Stout, and Nut Brown,
Whitewater; Bees Endeavor,
Carlow; O’Hara’s Irish Red,
Lacada: Utopian Stout, Choc Oranj Amber, and Giants Organ IPA,
Hillstown: Goats Butt Wheat.
Mourne Mountain Red Trail.

Plus many interesting beers from our craft beer friends – website here:
Belfast Craft Beer Festival

The Four-Minute Festival – a look back at 2015

This is a great time-lapse from our 2015 Belfast Beer and Cider Festival came together.  Huge credit to the many (and all unpaid) volunteers you see help with setup, tear down and running of the festival. Its hard work but we are looking forward to the 2016 festival already!

THE SUNFLOWER IS UNDER THREAT

Good Beer Guide pub, the Sunflower, in Belfast’s Union Street faces an uncertain future.

It is situated in the area included in the Northside Redevelopment project, and an outline planning application is in progress.

The bar is an excellent venue for music, poetry, local breweries and real ale. Its loss would be a major blow to the area.

If people would write to councilors, MLAs, MPs, and visit the pub to show support, it will show that demolishing this bar is not acceptable.

Sunflower Bar

Sunflower Bar