Coffee-flavour ale at 11th Wellingborough beer festival

Nick Barge, drinking his Bananalicious, Rob Hart, of Hart Family Brewers, and John Norton, drinking his Hazelnut Coffee Porter

Nick Barge, drinking his Bananalicious, Rob Hart, of Hart Family Brewers, and John Norton, drinking his Hazelnut Coffee Porter

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From traditional ales to pints with a twist of banana or coffee, punters will be able to sample more than 40 real ales at a beer festival.

Thousands of pints are expected to be consumed at the 11th annual Wellingborough Beer Festival at All Saints’ Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough, next week.

The event continues to go from strength to strength and prove popular with punters.

It’s organised by John Norton, Alan Piggot, Nick Barge and Chris Sharpe, and is supported by the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce.

Live entertainment is planned for each evening, including music from Dr Busker and Shannadore.

Festival-goers will be able to sample a wide range of traditional tipples as well as a few fruity new-comers to the event as pints with a twist of banana and hazelnut will be served.

Mr Norton said: “We will have 40 different real ales, ciders and perries from across the county for people to try at the beer festival, including beers from local breweries such as Tom Smith Ales in Kettering.

“We have got some brand new beers for people to try, including one called Bananlicious and one called Hazelnut Coffee Porter. There’s something for everyone. People always enjoy coming to the festival, and the Polish community are always great supporters of us. They like to come to try all the different ales.”

Mr Norton was keen to thank Wellingborough’s Chamber of Commerce for supporting the event over the years.

He added: “The Chamber of Commerce is supporting us again and we are very grateful to them for all their support and help.

“Without that support we would not exist.”

The festival will be open from 4pm to midnight on Thursday, September 27, and Friday, September 28, and from midday to midnight on Saturday, September 29.

Pints will be available costing from £2.80 and admission will be £5 per person, which includes a free souvenir pint glass, a brochure and your first pint – of up to 4.2 per cent strength – free.

Wines and soft drinks will also be available and barbecue food will be served each day.