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Stowmarket: First-ever beer festival at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

PUBLISHED: 14:03 30 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:03 30 March 2014

The first beer festival at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts: Max Wildwood, David Ward, Mark Madgwick, and Steve Woodger enjoying the beers on offer

The first beer festival at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts: Max Wildwood, David Ward, Mark Madgwick, and Steve Woodger enjoying the beers on offer

Real ale drinkers have tasted the tipples from East Anglia at an arts centre’s first-ever beer festival.

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, in Stowmarket, has broaden its appeal with the launch of the two-day festival.

Matthew Abercrombie, centre manager, said staff had seen dozens of new faces visit for the first time.

He said: “It’s been fantastic and it’s been really chilled out.

“We seem to be making friends - everyone seems to be saying it’s a good thing - but this is the first one so we are dipping our toes in the water really.

“Without the support of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ales) - who have helped us get it up and running - without them, I do not think we could have done it.”

He said the centre had 500 people through its doors in eight hours on the Friday evening.

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