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A Star is Born at Eastbourne Beer Festival
Beer drinkers in Eastbourne will be toasting the South Coast’s biggest Beer Festival from 7 – 9 October with a brand new Eastbourne ale.
Beer drinkers in Eastbourne will be toasting the South Coast’s biggest Beer Festival from 7 – 9 October with a brand new Eastbourne ale.

‘Star of Eastbourne’ created by Harvey’s Brewery will be officially on sale in pubs around Eastbourne from 27 July to give drinkers a taster, just as tickets for the second Eastbourne Beer Festival are officially placed on sale.

The name will bring back memories of Eastbourne’s Star Brewery, which operated in Old Town during the 19th Century, and is based on an old East India Ale recipe, both malty and well hopped, giving a full, sweet palate with a lingering bitterness.

The beer was created by Head Brewer, Miles Jenner, especially for the Eastbourne Beer Festival, at which Harvey’s won ‘Beer of the Festival’ last year for their Sussex Best Bitter. They hope to repeat their success with the ‘Star of Eastbourne’, as the winning ale is automatically entered for the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia.

Miles Jenner of Harvey’s Brewery said “Star of Eastbourne is reminiscent of the strong, well hopped ‘India Pale Ales’ which were exported across the globe by British brewers during the 19th Century.”

After last years box office bonanza with over 3,000 visitors and tickets selling out each evening, organisers Eastbourne Borough Council in association with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and Cooden’s Wine Cellar, have ordered extra beer and are putting tickets on sale early to allow visitors to book in advance.

Visitors can enjoy themed nights this year with plans for an Indian evening of authentic food and music, as well as a range of beers from around the World. Real ale fans can choose from over 80 ales or try the range of ciders, wines and perries on offer too.

Festival sponsors Cooden’s Wine Cellar will also be running tutored wine tasting sessions and dishing out expert knowledge, and traditional pub games also make a popular return, with Eastbourne’s first Shuffleboard Championships.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesman for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “I am delighted that for our second ever Eastbourne Beer Festival, a local brewer has decided to mark the occasion by producing a new Eastbourne beer. I hope it achieves great success for Harvey’s and indeed for Eastbourne Beer Festival, as I am sure the discerning festival visitors will provide the ultimate test.”

Special accommodation packages are available from £21 per person, telephone 01323 647130 for details.

Tickets go on sale from 27 July and are available at the Congress Theatre Box Office on 01323 412000. For more information visit .
22 July, 2004

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