Not long to go now until the Great British Beer Festival Winter, being staged for the final time in Norwich, from February 19 to 23.

Not to be confused with a festival for winter beers alone, this has beers of every style and shade, served in cask, KeyKeg and bottle, from dark to ruby brown and golden ales, as well as world beers and real ciders. There will also be food and live music.

Local pubs will also be getting involved in The Fringe, which runs for the whole of February, with organised crawls and treasure trails, special events, competitions, and featured brewers, all in the heart of Norwich.

As always at the event — being held at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ stunning medieval friary halls — the champion winter beer of Britain competition will be judged. Local and national brewers will compete and the winners and overall winner will be announced at the opening evening. Competition ales, including winners, can be sampled by visitors in Blackfriars Hall.

The chosen charity is the Benjamin Foundation, and visitors are invited to donate cash and unspent tokens at the festival.

Entrance is cash-only on the door, but is free to CAMRA members. The event is open from noon all day, Wednesday to Saturday. Pre-event ticket packages, including beer tokens and souvenir glasses, can be secured. For more information, visit the festival website.

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