A selection of innovative breweries from across the UK are set to showcase their beers at a new craft beer festival in the North East next month.

The Friends of Anarchy Beer Fest is heading to the taproom at Anarchy Brew Co. in Walkergate, Newcastle upon Tyne, and will feature a host of craft breweries from several regions.

Brewers and their teams, from the likes of Atom Beers (Hull), Neptune Brewery (Liverpool), and Brew York (York), will be coming together, alongside local breweries Stu Brew (Newcastle upon Tyne), McColl’s Brewery (County Durham), and The First & Last Brewery (Northumberland) to pour their beers and chat to visitors.

Festival organiser, Daisy Turnell, marketing manager at Anarchy Brew Co, said: “Since starting at Anarchy back in February, I’ve wanted to work together with more fantastic breweries across the UK, and our taproom is the perfect place to do this.

“It’s great to be part of the craft beer community and to be able to bring beer fans together, giving more people the chance to meet many of the amazing brewers we know and love.”

Gin, soft, drinks, stalls and barbecue

Alongside the beers, there’ll also be local spirits from Hepple Gin and Durham Distillery, and Marlish soft drinks available at the main bar, plus stalls from Voodoo Brew Vodka, and Craft Beer Passport UK. Food stalls for the festival come from Domestique, The Feed Zone, plus resident barbecue vendor Rib & Rub, both of whom proved very popular at the recent Alt. Market event.

Simon Miles, co-owner of Anarchy Brew Co, said: “Since Dawn and I set up our brewery in 2012, the UK craft beer scene has been flourishing, and we wanted to show as much of that as we can to everyone in the North East.

“Being able to work with our amazing team at Anarchy, whilst also bringing like-minded craft breweries to the area to share their passion for beer, is a real privilege.”

The Friends of Anarchy Beer Fest takes place at Anarchy Brew Co’s taproom on Saturday, August 17 (tickets available via TicketWeb, priced at £5 per session). The daytime session is family-friendly (12pm -oon to 4.30pm), while the evening session is over-18s only (5.30pm to 10pm). Live music for the evening session has been curated by The Little Buildings, and will be from local bands Fast Blood, Cubs, and Arms & Hearts.

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