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Yorkshire named the ‘UK’s capital of brewing’ as local beer festival opens its doors

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Yorkshire has been named the ‘UK’s capital of brewing’, with 24 new breweries opening their doors in the last year according to CAMRA’s latest Good Beer Guide, putting the region ahead of Greater London (23 new breweries) and the West Midlands (17 new breweries) this year.

The news comes ahead of CAMRA’s York Beer & Cider Festival, which opens its doors next week from 18-21 September. Held on York’s beautiful Knavesmire in a cavernous weatherproof marquee, the festival boasts Europe’s longest bar serving over 550 of the finest beers and ciders available. With around 300 Yorkshire beers on tap, it is the perfect place to celebrate Yorkshire’s status as the capital in brewing.

In addition, the festival will boast an eclectic selection of beers from all over the British Isles. Beers from Orkney Brewery will travel 540 miles to the festival, hailing from islands 35 miles off the North Coast of Scotland. There will also be beers from Harbour Brewery in Cornwall heading up from the far South West. Craft beers lovers won’t be disappointed, with over 30 of the best KeyKeg beers from around the UK.

There will also be a variety of top notch hot street food vendors located in the spacious Knavesmire beer garden, music and entertainment for visitors.

Nick Love, Press & Marketing Manager for York Beer Festival said: “The York Beer Festival has everything in store to give it the real ‘wow’ factor. Celebrating Yorkshire’s brewing status, we will boast a huge selection of local brews, as well as a range of world wines, meads, proseccos and for the very first time York gin. Cider drinkers will have a huge selection at their fingertips, with 110 different traditional ciders on tap from across 20 counties.

“The festival has a huge international reputation, with people traveling from over 20 countries every year to attend. We’re family-friendly and dog-friendly, and there’s truly something for everyone – from live music showcasing talented local bands to wandering magicians, face painting areas and traditional bar billiards tables. There is even a special return Pullman Bus Service 198 operating throughout the day from opposite York Station directly to the festival site.

“Make sure to grab your friends and head down the Knavesmire for one of this country’s friendliest beer festivals for good times, fun, laughter and the chance to sample some of the best beers and ciders available!”


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New breweries by region in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide:

Central  South – 6

East Anglia – 11

East Midlands – 19

Greater Manchester – 5

Kent – 5

Greater London – 23

Merseyside & Cheshire – 3

North East – 5

Scotland – 18

NI – 2

South West – 13

Surrey & Sussex – 7

Wales – 7

Wessex – 5

West Midlands – 17

West Pennines – 11

Yorkshire – 24

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