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viking18.jpg I believe the word is “Skol”

Get set for beer, bands and bratwurst as the Viking Beer Festival rolls into to Durham in early February.

Hang on! There’s something wrong with this picture! Vikings didn’t actually wear horned helmets (nor did they drink Maxim Premium Brown Ale). Still, I don’t suppose the organisers of the inaugural Viking Beer Festival are going for total authenticity. Instead, they’re aiming for those good vibes that are conjured into existence when beer, sausage and great live music collide. On board are Durham-based Maxim Brewery who will be serving three of its most popular beers. Every beer drinker will receive a souvenir branded two-pint stein on arrival (and your first stein-full is included in the price of your ticket) and those who come dressed as a Viking will receive a free Viking Longboat Sausage. Bands already booked to get the party rollicking include The Ska-Toons, Nightrain, Dirty King, Hightide Tokyo, Nudge, and Life & Times.

Viking Beer Festival, Saturday 3 February, Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington, Durham, £15 (inc. stein filled with beer), £10 for non-drinkers (18 and over), under 18s are free but must leave by 6pm. vikingbeerfestival.com