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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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The opportunity to belong

A community beer festival with a conscience? Now, that sounds like something worth supporting. Gosforth Beer Festival, taking place at Gosforth Civic Theatre, promises live music, street food, family friendly activities and entertainment, as well as – of course – loads of great craft beer from the best local and national breweries across 30 taps.

Every penny spent at the bar goes back in to Liberdade Community Development Trust, the charity that runs Gosforth Civic Theatre.

More than 2,000 people are expected to pass through the doors of the venue run by Liberdade Community Development Trust across the first weekend of August (2-4). Liberdade Community Development Trust gives people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to belong, work and get involved in the arts and their community – and group members will be volunteering all weekend

Joseph Harrop, Gosforth Civic Theatre building manager, says: “Following the success of last year’s event, once again the heart of the festival is not only great beer, music and food but creating an atmosphere where anyone can have a good time.

“We aim to create a real artistic asset for Newcastle and the North East.”

Old fave beers and new releases are coming from Almasty, Cloudwater, Northern Alchemy, Magic Rock, Summer Wine, Box Social, Kernel, North, Out There, Wild Beer and many more – with many of them brewed specially for the festival (run in partnership with Regents Plaza Apartments).

Live bands will be headlined by The Cornshed Sisters, while Scream For Pizza Good Times Tacos, Cubanos and Shanty Town will cover the eats.

Gosforth Beer Festival, August 2-4, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk   www.liberdade.co.uk

OPENING JULY

PUNCH BOWL, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE

An extensive – and expensive – refurbishment of the Punch Bowl is the latest adventure by Dave Carr, he of the Branding Villa in South Gosforth. Look out for not only the trumps in cask ale but a Vermouth Bar, charcuterie, cheese selection, and Bobik’s a 60-seater venue offering a veritable feast of new and old live music, cinema, art exhibitions, stand-up comedy and theatre.

Bobik is one of the Punch Bowl’s two dogs, named after a particularly naughty Soviet space dog, who managed to escape minutes before his rocket launch. Open from July 12.

The Punch Bowl, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1JY. www.bobiks.com

THE TWO PENNIES, NORTH SHIELDS

North Shields has got itself a new café bar with a heavy influence on music. One of those who inspired The Two Pennies is Scott Wall, who – among other things – makes cigar-box guitars and plays a mean blues set with them. Guitar workshops will feature in the café bar, too. The name comes from Scott’s great-grandad’s old coins that he used in the shipyards every day for pitch and toss.

Two Pennies Café Bar, Northumberland Place, North Shields NE30 1QP

AUGUST 3

DURHAM BREWERY BEER FESTIVAL

Durham Brewery, Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Durham DH6 5PF

Marking its 25 anniversary, there’s great beer, great food and great music celebrating all that’s good about the North East Two bars with new and rare cask and keg plus bottles and artisan gin (marquee, too!).

12noon-7pm (£10). Tickets from the brewery shop or online at durhambrewery.com Tel: 0191 377 1991.

SEPTEMBER 27-28

GOSFORTH PARISH CHURCH BEER FESTIVAL

More than 40 local beers and ciders, BBQ food, live music from The Hop Pickers at this unusual venue – opposite South Gosforth Metro station, Newcastle.

Hopefully some new beers/specials from Northern Alchemy, Tyne Bank, Brinkburn St, Allendale and Almasty but also from elsewhere such as Cloudwater and Tiny Rebel.

Prices are kept relatively low, but the aim is to make a small profit. This year, the festival’s third, money raised will go to Archbishop Runcie First School in Gosforth.

Friday 3pm-11pm; Saturday 12noon-11pm.


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