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Ipswich: Beer festival brings a taste of East Anglia to maritime festival

12:04 14 August 2014

Ipswich Mayor Bill Quinton at the opening of the Beer and Beverage festival as part of Celebrate Ipswich. Pictured with mayoress Barbara Quinton and local Brewers

Ipswich Mayor Bill Quinton at the opening of the Beer and Beverage festival as part of Celebrate Ipswich. Pictured with mayoress Barbara Quinton and local Brewers

The new-look Ipswich Beer and Beverage Festival has opened its doors to visitors heading to Maritime Ipswich over the next four days.

This year’s event is run by Ipswich Council in association with the Dove Street Inn and features the products of many East Anglian breweries, large and small.

It also has a few beers from further afield – as far away as Cornwall.

Backed by the region’s largest brewer Greene King, the festival plugs the gap after the Ipswich and East Suffolk CAMRA was unable to organise the event this year because it clashes with the Great British Beer Festival in London.

Ady Smith from the Dove Street Inn said the event was set to go well after Ipswich mayor Bill Quinton pulled the first pint.

Mr Smith said: “It is a great showcase for our beers and there’s been great support from local breweries – they’ve stepped up production to supply us and I’m sure visitors will enjoy the wide selection we have on offer until Sunday evening.”

Maritime Ipswich takes place on Ipswich Waterfront this weekend.


  • The beer festival is great but has suffered in recent years because of the location. Even with minimal rain you find yourself ankle deep in water, even inside the tents. And the outdoor toilets are disgusting. I know there are reasons it moved from the Corn Exchange but it needs a similar fixed indoor venue. Surely the Corn Exchange option can looked at again. I hate to big up Norwich but their festival has for years been held in a building with character and charm that adds to the event and is a joy to visit. Come on Ipswich, surely we can do something similar.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • @chantry & amsterdam81: another question that needs to be answered is why IBC changed the date without even bothering to consult Camra about it?

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Reply To Amsterdam81.......That's a very good question. There has been a CAMRA Beer Festival in this town for about 30 years +. So why was the Maritime Festival moved to a another week ? Hmmmm

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Been down to Festival today and initially thought the choice might be limited, Wot a surprise to find some great tasting beers. well done and thanks to Adie Smith and his team for organising this event.

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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Does anyone know why the date was changed for this year's event?

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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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