Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

New real ale festival to be held in Douglas

Real Ale
Image caption Organisers say up to a third of the ales will have been brewed in the island

It is hoped a new real ale festival starting in the Isle of Man on 12 April could become an annual event.

More than 60 real ales from all over the British Isles, including 20 local beers, will be available as well as ciders, perries and fruit wines.

Organisers said it would provide people with a "wonderful chance to sample and celebrate some excellent British ales".

The three-day festival will be held at the Masonic Hall in Douglas between 12 and 14 April.

'Seven Kingdoms'

The theme will be beers from the "Seven Kingdoms", to celebrate the island's central location in the British Isles.

Alan Cooper, from the Isle of Man Campaign For Real Ale (Camra), said: "Each one has its own story and it is such a great opportunity to bring people together to celebrate them."

"We are expecting around 1,000 people through the doors over the three days and the plan is to grow the festival gradually over time, to become an established annual event."

The festival will also be used to launch two new local brews, one of which has been specially brewed to mark the 50th anniversary of the Isle of Man TT marshals' association in 2012.

The festival will feature performances from a number of local bands and will be opened on 12 April by the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood.

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