The Festival at St. Peters By The Waterfront introduced new beers and ciders from around the UK (including a few debuts), while showcasing innovative Suffolk breweries including Little Earth Project, Station 119, Mr Bees, Dove Street and St. Peters.
Festival goer’s voted their favourite beers as ‘Hoppy Potter & The Goblet of Ale’, a lovely American Pale Ale from Scribblers Brewery in Nottinghamshire, and the Rye & Amerillo Saison special, from Suffolk’s very own Little Earth Project – while Snailsbank Fruitbat came out top of the Ciders!
Music lovers were thrilled by Friday Folk Night performers Honey & The Bear, Lou Myhill, Elly Tree Trio and Holly Johnston. Host for the night Stephen Foster was in his element and declared this as the first of many Folk Festivals for Ipswich. While West End Music’s open-mic sets included superb acoustic performances by local musicians including festival favourites Endnotes and Silbury Hill, who performed an outstanding set of Folk classics.
Festival sponsors ‘GrapevineLIVE’ said: “we are proud to be a part of such a successful Festival, and to support the development of the Counties enviable live music scene’.
Beer&Co would like to give a special thank you to: all of the brilliant musicians who performed so superbly over the weekend (including the amazingly talented students from SuffolkOne); to Ipswich & East Suffolk CAMRA volunteers who managed the bar with aplomb (as expected); to Stephen Foster and David Stainer who made the music happen; and to our fabulous sponsors GrapevineLIVE and West End Music, and cellar manager Richard Muir, without who the Festival could not have happened!
GrapevineLIVE ‘Folk Night’ Musicians
Honey & The Bear
Elly Tree Trio
West End Music ‘Open Mic’ Musicians
Jono & Matt Kemp
Festival Beer Tasting List