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Chance for home brews at beer festival

PUBLISHED: 15:10 21 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:09 30 June 2010

THIS year's Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival is providing an opportunity for making - as well as tasting - tipples.

Budding brewers are being invited to take part in a beer making competition by organisers of the festival, which takes place throughout the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.

THIS year's Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival is providing an opportunity for making - as well as tasting - tipples.

Budding brewers are being invited to take part in a beer making competition by organisers of the festival, which takes place throughout the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.

The winner will receive £100 of beers from Yarmouth's Blackfriars Brewery, a trophy donated by former Lacons head brewer Michael Falcon and a Ritchies home brewing kit.

Chief steward of Yarmouth Mr Falcon will be among the judging panel along with Blackfriars owner Bill Russell.

The best brew will be announced at a special trade session before the start of the festival at the historic Priory Centre.

Mr Russell said: “A good beer is a bit like a happy relationship, it needs patience, love and affection.

“Like many micro brewers I started making my first pints at home. It is very rewarding and a bit like cooking, the more you do it the better you get. Beers will be judged on clarity, taste, appearance and condition.

The cost of entering the competition is £5 or £10 with a beer making kit purchased from Blackfriars Brewery.

For more information about the competition call Blackfriars Brewery on 01493 847961.

The Mercury is proud to once again be the media sponsor of the festival which runs from Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30.

Pints of the best from more than 120 of Norfolk and Suffolk's best independent beer and cider makers are set to be on tap at the event.

Evening sessions will be accompanied by musical entertainment along with a range of tasty of tasty snacks from the Priory Café throughout the festival.

Last year attendances rose by 22pc and organisers are optimistic there will be another record turn-out in 2010.

Advance tickets for the festival will be available through the Mercury - look out for coupons in forthcoming editions of the paper.

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