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Beers me Dears

Durham Brewery are holding their 30th anniversary beer festival in July and it’s set to feature live music, mouth-watering street food, and brews fit for the gods. Brews fit for the gods?

I’m not kidding! I’m talking Imperious, an 11% Imperial Stout that’s been aged in Islay whisky casks (Durham Brewery have the only keg in existence). I’m also talking Bede’s Barrel, a 10% Belgian Tripel aged in a brandy cask; and Redemption, a 10% Strong Abbey Ale (fruitcake in a glass!); and Smoking Blonde, a 6% golden smoked ale; and a Dunkel 4.5% dark lager; and Nectaron, a 5.5% big juicy hazy IPA. They also have a Sumerian 8.4% honey and date wheat beer – brewed especially for their anniversary – and their version of the Hymn to Ninkasi (think: a 4000-year-old beer recipe originally found on a stone tablet). They will also have a selection of special pale ales and IPAs, as well as cider, gin, vodka, prosecco and soft drinks. Live music will come courtesy of James Hedley (acoustic guitar, and tackling hits from the 70s to now), Tony Bengtsson (modern country folk) and Carrie Steele (huge voice and personality to match), while on the catering front the mighty Piggy Blinders will be doing their thing. Cheers!

Durham Brewery 30th Anniversary Beer Festival, Saturday 27 July, 12-7pm, £15 (inc. glass and beer tokens), (go to the online shop for ticket info).