Hull Minster to host local beer festival after a year away

Hull Minster will play host to a major beer festival this summer, despite the regular real ale and cider fixture at the venue being called off because of coronavirus.

A cast of local breweries has been lined up by organisers Vittles & Company, who have also made space for some musical talent and food provision at the event, due to be staged on Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14.

Favourite brews including Atom Beers, Bone Machine, Great Newsome and more are already confirmed for the festival, while entertainment will be provided by a host of local bands and artists, including the likes of Ramble Gamble, The Nocturnal Flowers, and Dogfinger Steve.

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Food will be served up courtesy of the vendors who trade in the neighbouring Trinity Market.

Richard Rockett, of Vittles & Company, a micro-brewery, bar and bottle shop based in Trinity Market, said the event promised to showcase much of what Hull’s beer and music scenes have to offer.

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Richard Rockett, of Vittles & Company, is organising the Hull Beer Festival this August
Richard Rockett, of Vittles & Company, is organising the Hull Beer Festival this August
(Image: Rick Byrne)

“This is a chance to remind everyone what Hull has to offer, and welcome visitors back to the Old Town,” said Richard.

“We want this to be a celebration of all the great local beer, food and music that we’ve missed out on this past year or so.”

The event runs from noon to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, with two sessions being held each day (noon to 5pm and 5pm to 10pm).

Tickets cost £5 from Eventim.co.uk (plus £0.40 admin fee), and the price includes a free festival guide and a branded festival glass.

Hull Beer Festival will showcase local beer, music and food
Hull Beer Festival will showcase local beer, music and food
(Image: Vittles & Company)

In the event of social distancing restrictions forcing cancellation, tickets will be automatically refunded.

The announcement of the festival comes after Hull and East Yorkshire Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) cancelled its 2021 Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival (HRACF), which was due to be held at the Minster at the end of September.

Camra said there were “still too many uncertainties”, including the prospect of having to introduce additional rules and regulations that would not be conducive to the festival, and decided to hold off until next year.

The decision was in accordance with current guidance from Camra nationally, the group said.

A spokesperson for Hull and East Riding Camra said: “We have decided that our time will be better spent this year promoting and supporting Hull and East Yorkshire pubs, breweries, clubs and bars to get back on their feet, rather than to concentrate our efforts on organising our own festival.

“If there are no radical alterations imposed on us from a higher level, the HRACF will be back at Hull Minster in April 2022 (28th to 30th). We look forward to seeing you there.”

Richard Rockett launched Vittles & Company in May 2018, after five years spent as a home brewer. Its range boasts ales from local, national and international breweries and it also stocks Hull gin and Yorkshire cider and wine.

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