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Star of Eastbourne Proves Hit at Beer Festival
Harvey’s new beer the ‘Star of Eastbourne’ proved a big hit at the weekend with Eastbourne Beer Festival drinkers voting the new brew as ‘Beer of the Festival’.
All visitors to the festival, which saw a 21% increase in numbers this year were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite beer, which could now be put forward for the Great British Beer Festival 2005 at London Olympia.

The festival was so successful that on Friday only 9 tickets remained when doors opened at 5.30pm and on Saturday evening, the festival opened with tickets already sold out. However the extra bars and beer ordered were just enough this year, with over 150 real ales, international bottled beers, wines, ciders and perries to choose from.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “The festival was another huge success this year, with the themed Latin American, Indian and Oktoberfest evenings of food and entertainment proving a successful format. We were particularly delighted with the superb wine programme organised by Cooden Cellars and were honoured that so many winemakers travelled from overseas to be here.”

The festival organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in association with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), ran from 7 – 9 October and saw nearly 11,000 pints of beer, 1,000 glasses of wine and over 1,500 international bottled beers served over the 3 days.

Festival sponsor Cooden Cellars, also presented their wine tasting programme to packed audiences with some of the winemakers travelling from all over the World. Speciality food outlet Trencherman and Turner, also treated wine buffs to Greek and Spanish cuisine, alongside their respective wines.

On the international bottled beer bar, Tequila based beer Desperados proved the most popular overall, however first to sell out was the UK’s very own Banana Bread Beer.

The Star of Eastbourne proved very popular with the final barrel selling out to a queue of fans within one hour of doors opening on Saturday. ‘Beer of the Festival’ second place winner, Belhaven Fruit Beer, made from Scottish raspberries and apples also proved popular, as did last years winner, Harvey’s Sussex Best, which this year came in third.

Eastbourne Beer Festival returns next year from 6 – 8 October and drinkers are advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment. To receive advance notification of 2005 tickets, telephone 01323 415442 or e-mail info@eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk . For more information visit www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk.
11 October, 2004

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