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So many fabulous ales to try and so little time
It's enough to give you a thirst as lovers of real ales and craft beers get ready to welcome the return of the Tamworth Beer Festival to the Staffordshire market town. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is bringing the popular annual festival to the Tamworth Assembly Rooms for the first time since the theatre's recent renovation. Each year, Covid pandemic permitting, CAMRA celebrates local ales from micro-breweries by providing a festival, giving customers a chance to sample different ales, ciders and perries, as well as a gin bar for those who enjoy the spirit from 7pm each night. The 2021 Tamworth Beer Festival takes place from Thursday, September 16 till Saturday, September 18, with the event open from 11am to 11pm each day This year will feature more than 75 real ales including festival specials and new beers.
Get ready for the return of the Tamworth Beer Festival
Hot and cold food will be available to purchase on-site, plus soft drinks for the drivers. Supervised children are also welcome until 5pm and on Friday evening there will be live music from The Tame Delta Blues Band who will entertain customers with laid back jazz, rock and roll and harmonica-led Chicago Blues. Visitors on Saturday evening will get to enjoy the music of singer and guitarist Paul Mills with his repertoire of favourite tunes through the decades from the 60s onwards. Festival organiser Ian Eason said: "It's great to be back at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms, where it all started back in 1994. Quite apart from a great selection of beer and cider, visitors will notice that the main auditorium is now much brighter and airy due to the natural light from the reinstated windows. Plus there's also air conditioning – so in the hope that the festival coincides with an Indian summer, it will no longer feel like the tropics inside!"
Tamworth Assembly Rooms prepares to welcome thirsty visitors
Councillor Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: "It is great to see some of our old favourite events returning to the new-look Assembly Rooms. Tamworth Beer Festival has always been very popular and draws in not only local people, but visitors to our town. With a great selection of ales and entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening, I'm sure this will be a fantastic event and a great opportunity to get back to meeting up with friends and having a good time."
Admission price is £3 except on Friday between 5pm - 11pm when admission is £4. CAMRA members are charged just £1 throughout the festival.