Halstead: Beer lovers pack into shed for festival

Halstead Gazette: Photo: Gavin Chester Photo: Gavin Chester

Beer lovers flocked to the unique setting of an old railway goods shed to sample the best in regional brews.

The fourth annual Winter Beer Festival took place at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel last Friday and Saturday.

Last weekend more than 60 beers were available for visitors to try, which included a selection of real cider and perry.

And there was something to satisfy all tastes, from the lighter 3.6% strength Black Dog Mild, to the 6.9% strength of the impressively named Comrade Bill Bartrams Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout, made by Suffolk brewers Bartrams.

Entrance to the festival during the daytime was free to all, but entry to the compact goods shed in the evenings was restricted to ticket holders only.

Organiser Brendan Sothcott said: “We were just about full on both nights and we were pretty proud and pleased with how the event went overall.”

The museum, at Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station, is also home to the summer beer festival which takes place every September.

For more information about the summer festival, visit chappelbeerfestival.org.uk

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