A POPULAR beer festival at award-winning pub The Fishermans Arms went down well over the Easter weekend.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Dusky Maiden, Stairway to Heaven and Raiders on the Storm were just some of the real ales on offer to punters at the pub, in Southgate.
It’s the first beer festival held at The Fish since it was named Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Cleveland pub of the year, and landlord Steve Bell said there were a lot of new faces as punters popped in to see what the fuss is about.
Steve, 51, said: “It’s been a great weekend, the beers were all very well received.
“We had a lot of new faces as well, which I was expecting because we have had a lot of new customers over the last few weeks in the build-up to the beer festival.”
Steve always brings in some new ales for the first time at the beer festivals – but always ensures the popular favourites make a welcome return.
“We have had York Guzzler from York Brewery in the past and it was really popular so I made sure I got that back in, and it went down a treat again, that’s a real popular beer,” he said.
“Salt Air Blonde went down really well also. I would say they were our two quickest sellers.”
As well as the flowing ale, live entertainment was on offer across the weekend.
The Backtrackers took to the stage over the weekend while a blues open-mic night was well received last night.
Steve, who runs the pub with his partner Mandy Jackson, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 15, who added: “We usually do our blues open-mic night once a month at the end of the month but we thought we would bring it forward so it could play a part in the beer festival.”
After winning the Cleveland CAMRA title, The Fish was then named as one of the top 210 pubs in the country.
It will now go up against six pubs from across the North East at the regional competition in August.