A Blue Weekend

The first Saints Beer & Blues Fest proved a massive hit with visitors thanks to some outstanding craft beer, real ales and ciders from across the country, and brilliant Blues performances from the regions most talented musicians (drinks list + music sets below).

View our photo gallery for Festival images.

The Festival at St Peter’s By The Waterfront, Ipswich, included a special Friday Night Blues gig presented by GrapevineLIVE.co.uk with host Stephen Foster, and outstanding open-mic sets throughout Saturday presented by West End Music Shop…plus Steve Langdon’s pop-up records turning vinyl throughout.

Visitors voted Paddington, a Pale Ale with lashings of marmalade from Watts & Co in Suffolk as the Festival’s Champion Beer. Runner-up was Green Path, an IPA from Burnt Mill, also Suffolk, and third place went to Derbyshire Brewery Muirhouse with their own Blueberry Porter. The top three ciders were all from Snails Bank, Herefordshire, with Rhubarb in first place, Fruitbat second and Orchard Dry in third. Congratulations to Mark Brands and Sue Chamberlain who’s voting card was selected at random. They win a complimentary £10 beer card each to a future Beer&Co Festival.

The festival also proved a very successful for charitable event partners ‘MUSICA’, with funds raised over the weekend supporting people of all ages disadvantaged by personal circumstances such as disability, ill health, poverty or isolation through music. Huge thanks goes to all who volunteered on behalf of Musica over the weekend including representatives from Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table, Britvic, LV= and Ipswich CAMRA.

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Music Line-up 

Friday PlaylistSaturday Playlist
13.00Matt (Musica)
14.00The Girl in the Hat
15.00Noah Evans
16.00Bill Pipe
17.00James Jenkins
18.00Rob Lewis
19.00James Morgan
20.00Ainslie’s VibesEndnotes
21.00Back PorchJax&Co
22.00Keno KingsJawsmith (Joe Lees + Stephen palmer)
23.00Tim + Jason (Musica)


Tasting List 

1 CaskCabin Mary Celeste
Bildeston, Suffolk
American IPA 4.5%
Dry hopped with zesty taste using new world hops such as Columbus, Cascade & Citra.
2 CaskCabin Red Neck
Festival Debut
Bildeston, Suffolk
Sweet Red, 4.3%
Deep burgundy. Malty aroma. Residual sweetness. Complex flavours + back note of passion fruit.
3 CaskCabin Sinners Stout
Bildeston, Suffolk
Stout, 4.2%
Flirt with the dark arts – a smooth malt sensation.
4 CaskCross Bay Red IPA
Morecombe, Lancashire
Red, 4.0%
Session IPA with English malts & Simcoe hops create a passion fruit, pine & berry flavour.
5 CaskCross Bay Sunset
Morecombe, Lancashire
Pale, 4.2%
Thirst quenching & light refreshing ale. A sharp start with a smooth orange & lemon aftertaste.
6 CaskCross Bay Zenith
Morecombe, Lancashire
Pale, 5.0%
Light & refreshing in colour & very morish.
7 CaskFuzzy Duck Boadicea
Poulton Ly Flyde, Lancashire
Pale, 3.8%
Golden single hopped beer using the British Boadicea hop.
8 CaskFuzzy Duck Golden Cascade
Poulton Ly Flyde, Lancashire
Pale, 3.8%
Golden coloured ale brewed with cascade hops for a citrus flavour.
9 CaskFuzzy Duck Pheasant Plucker
Poulton Ly Flyde, Lancashire
Amber, 4.2%
Amber with a slightly spicy taste & citrus finish from the late addition of Cascade hops.
10 CaskGoffs Cheltenham Gold 
Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
APA, 4.5%
Classic APA with a bright gold appearance, strong white head & hints of citrus & pine.
11 CaskGoffs Fallen Knight
Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Brown, 4.4%
Full bodied dark amber with a ruby glow.
12 CaskMuirhouse Blueberry Porter
Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Dark, 4.5%
Dark rich porter with added blueberry for a fruity finish.
13 CaskMuirhouse Summit Hoppy
Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Pale, 4.0%
Session pale packed with a mountain of Summit hops.
14 CaskSpitting Feathers Old Wavertonian
Chester, Cheshire
Dark, 4.4%
Robust dark stout full of roast barley, chocolate & coffee favours & aroma.
15 CaskSpitting Feathers Thirstquencher
Chester, Cheshire
Bitter, 3.9%
Refreshing hoppy pale bitter.
16 CaskSt Peters Boo
Bungay, Suffolk
Dark Ruby, 4.2%
Delicious chocolate & toffee flavour with a residual sweetness, balanced bitterness & overall fruity character.
17 CaskSt Peters Ruby Red
Bungay, Suffolk
Red, 4.3%
With subtle malt undertones & pleasing aroma of vine fruits. Distinctive spicy peppery and pleasant woody flavours.
18 KegAll Day Brewing Cascadian
In collaboration with Brewdog
Salle, Norfolk
Dark Lager, 4.6%
Soft dark malts, spicy citrusy Pacific Northwest hops, smooth, dry finish.
19 KegAll Day Brewing Raspeberry Tart
Salle, Norfolk
German Weizen, 6.2%
Naturally cloudy and very refreshing, with a tangy, tart – not sweet – fruit frisson to savour.
20 KegAll Day Brewing Salle porter
Salle, Norfolk
Porter, 4.1%
Dark beer features distinctive fruity, vanilla, roasted mocha-coffee taste notes
21 KegBurnt Mill Green Path
Stowmarket, Suffolk
IPA, 6.0%
West Coast leaning with a stripped back malt profile, low bitterness and dry finish.
22 KegBurnt Mill Stack Yard
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Wheat, 3.8%
Field beer that satisfies hop cravings without the strength of an IPA. Big aroma, low bitterness and a soft body.
23 KegBurnt Mill Tulum Pineapple Gose
London & South East Best in Show 2017
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Gose, 4.8%
Big pineapple aromas and light tartness are gradually washed away by the subtle salinity of this refreshing Gose
24 KegCalvors Dunkel Lager
Coddenham, Suffolk
Dark Lager, 4.5%
Lovely maltiness, gentle hops at the finish. Great length of flavour on different levels
25 KegCalvors Premium Pilsner
Coddenham, Suffolk
Lager, 5.0%
Wonderfully balanced Bavarian style Pilsner
26 KegStation 119 No Guts No Glory
Eye, Suffolk
IPA, 6.4%
Copper coloured IPA. Full bodied and bursting with flavour.
27 KegStation 119 Raz’n’Hell
Eye, Suffolk
Session IPA, 3.9%
Bright citrus fruit with a resin character backed up by a good malty backbone.
28 KegWatts & Co Paddington
Debenham, Suffolk
Pale, 4.0%
Lashings of Rose’s Lime Marmalade in the boil. Sorachi Ace as the dry hop. Lovely & limey.
29 KegWatts & Co Patersbier
Debenham, Suffolk
Belgian Style Pale, 4.8%
An unfined dry and refreshing pale ale fermented with Belgian Abbey Yeast.
+ Cans
Secret Beer ClubCraft Beers – Ask for tasting sheet
Cider BarGlebe Farm Side-R Elderflower
Sweet, 6.0%
Cider BarSnails Bank Rhubarb
Sweet, 4.0%
Cider BarSnails Bank Fruitbat
Sweet, 4.0%
Cider BarSnails Bank Elderflower Gin & Tonic
Sweet, 4.0%
Cider BarSnails Bank Very Perry
Medium, 5.1%
Cider BarThistley Cross Original
East Lothian
Medium, 6.2%
Cider BarThistley Cross Whisky Cask
East Lothian
Dry, 6.9%
Cider BarSnails Bank Orchard Dry
Dry, 5.2%
Wine BarProsecco Corte Alta
White sparkling
Wine BarAlfredini Garganega 
Pinot Grigio
Wine BarViña Carrasco 
Sauvignon Blanc
Wine BarDr Loosen Slate Hill 2015
Wine BarLe Bois des Violettes 
French Regions
Wine BarViña Carrasco 
Wine BarFive Foot Track