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At Chesterfield Rail Ale Festival’s dedicated website, you can find information on 15 years of previous Festivals and keep up-to-date with news of Rail Ale in May  2017, including where to buy tickets, links to  sponsors, beer lists and confirmed musical acts.

You will also find regular updates on Rail Ale on the Twitter feed and on Barrow Hill Roundhouse’s Facebook page.  The local CAMRA branches, particularly Chesterfield, have been invaluable for their support as has Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre for their promotion of the Festival and to everyone else who ‘spread the word’.

Make sure that you drive responsibly and in particular that you do not drink and drive. if you’re attending the festival arrange a taxi or get a non-drinking friend to drive you. Or better still walk off the effects by taking a brisk stroll home! If you lose your licence you may need to take driving lessons with I-Drive Chesterfield

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Weybridge and Chertsey


Weybridge Vandals Rugby Club are proud to present the second Weybridge Beer Festival. Great English Beer, Wine and Cider. Live bands and BBQ all weekend

From 8pm till late Friday night The Cheap Shots (aka ‘Surrey’s Ultimate Party Band’ will be playing for you, with a mix of acoustic, funk, disco, ska and generally cracking tunes. From the rocking sounds of bands like Guns n’ Roses to the funky sounds of Chic, and spanning the decades with 70’s Elton John, 80’s Duran Duran and 90’s Blur right through to current acts like The Killers. The band drives an atmosphere that brings everyone together for a good time.

Remember – don’t drink and drive. Nominate an alcohol free driver. Driving lessons in Weybridge

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Real Ale Pioneer to open Redhill Beer Festival


Plans for 7th Redhill Beer Festival later this month have been announced – and a very special guest has agreed to open the event.

Running from Thursday, October 27, to Saturday, October 29, the event at Merstham Village Hall in Station Road North, Merstham, will be opened by Michael Hardman founder member of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Mr Hardman, who lives in neighbouring Reigate, is the obvious choice to perform the opening honours as this year’s event will take the theme of the 40th anniversary of the founding of CAMRA.

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Girona Beer Festival


Platja D’Aro near Girona hosts an annual beer festival each October. Centred around Avenida S’Agaro the event gathers around 15000 people each year. The festival features both locally brewed Spanish beers as well as international beers. Being outside the height of the summer season, hotels can be booked during the festival at very reasonable rates. In October the town is considerably quieter but you can expect some reasonable weather and pleasant autumn sunshine.

Platja D’Aro is a popular resort on the Costa Brava and is located only 30 kms away from Girona airport. You can get car rental Girona with collection from the airport

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Home Brewing


Beer – just the word itself gives rise to visions of frothing mugs, of chilled drinks and bars and pubs, of a gathering of friends and drinks and barbeques. There are many types of beers available all over the world, and often each country has it’s own favourite brew, and you will find innumerable people who will disagree with the popular choices.
If you love beer and love beer of a certain type, then explore the realm of brewing your own at Home Brew Online. It sounds difficult, but it really is fairly simple and you can enjoy exactly the type of beer you want.
Let us first remove certain common misperceptions about home-brewed beer. It is not stronger than market beer – it is as strong as you would like to make it – that is all. Bottles do not explode when you make beer, unless you bottle it before it finishes fermenting. Hangovers from home-brewed beer are no greater than market beer hangovers – the hangover is dependent on your total consumption – and nothing else.
The ingredients required are very few – just four to be exact – water, yeast, barley and hops. Barley for the sugar that is extracted from it, the bitterness comes from the hops and the yeast is the fermentation agent and of course the water which needs to be added.
There are many types of equipment available in the market which makes home-brewing of beer a cinch. For the novices we have starter kits – and you can add more professional appendages as you become more proficient. At the simplest level all you need is a fermenter and the home-brew concentrate, dextrose or glucose if you prefer that and you are ready to brew your own concoction.
Relax, and enjoy doing this and then share it with your friends. Can you think of a better way to enjoy your favourite liquid refreshment?