Glasgow I 1995 Glasgow Ale Festival The

Arches. Midland Street. Thirsty beer drinkers will be raising their glasses in salute to CAMRA Thursday 21—Saturday 23 as the second Glasgow Ale Festival rolls out the barrel and starts pouring the pints. Last year's event. the first since 1987. saw 2.500 beer lovers pass through the portals of The Arches in search ol’ some amber nectar.

The Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of CAMRA. who are organising the event. are celebrating their 2 l st birthday. When they started out there


was only one pub within their catchment area that sold cask conditioned ale; today. and to a large part thanks to CAM RA's efforts. there are over 200. Even the big brewery conglomerates are beginning to realise that cask conditioned ales are a growth area. with Whitbread. Scottish Courage and Scottish Brewers all producing seasonal cask ales. Gavin Harvey. the Festival‘s beer manager. reckons that the increased popularity ol’ real ale will be reflected in a larger crowd at this year‘s Festival with an estimated gate of 3.500 over the three days. While this isn't quite in the same league as the Great British Beer Festival. which was held in the ()Iympia in London recently attracting 42.000 people. CAMRA hopes that within four years the event

will have grown to the stage where they ,

will be able to hold a Great Scottish

Beer Festival.

In the meantime punters can look forward to trying the Cottage Brewery‘s Norman‘s Conquest. a 7 per cent ABV dark beer that was voted the Champion Beer of Britain in London and Fraoch. a beer brewed using heather rather than hops. and there will be representation from all the Scottish brewers including Caledonian. Belhaven. Broughton. Maclays. Orkney and Harviestoun who are producing an exclusive special Festival brew a golden coloured 3.8 per cent ABV bitter called 2lst Birthday Ale. The threatened Glaschu Brewery. the lirst new brewery in

Glasgow in over a century. will be contributing what is possibly one of their last brews and keep a lookout for Btrchan (iold from the new .-\berdecnshirc Ales Brewery. All in all the organisers are hoping to have around too British beers available on draught and 50 foreign beers from most corners of the globe.

Muncliic srrl'l‘erers are well catered for with a German satrsagc stall selling all manner ol' wursts and there will also be a delicatessen providing pastics. pies. cold meats. cheese and salads. Live

Beertest: best and waist at times

music is supplied by Left Hand Band playing jazz. and R ‘n‘ B on Thursday night. Summit Jazzy on Friday night.

Streams of Whiskey playing folk on

Saturday afternoon and Rough Justice blasting out the rock and blues in the evening.

The Glasgow Ale l‘i’k‘lit'ul. Thurs 2l. .i’pni—l [JO/mt. £2.50 including souvenir pint glass. Fri 22—Sa! 23. Hum—l [JO/nu. £2.50, £1.50 ll!!l('/Ifilll(’S only. Reduced rates/or (I-lMRzl members.


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