3rd-5th May – 4th Gateshead Beer & Cider Festival 2013 (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear) Preview

Address: Gateshead Rugby Football Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 5UB (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 3rd May: 12pm-11pm (£5*)
Sat 4th May: 12pm-11pm (£8*)
Sun 5th May: 12pm-10pm (£8*)

3 day ticket is £20*

* = Tickets include an engraved souvenir glass and programme.

Tickets: Click here for details of how to purchase tickets online or offline.

Ciders/Perries: 25+ ciders will be available.

Producer Name Abv Notes
Ampleforth Abbey Ampleforth Cider 6.50% Ampleforth Cider, made at Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire is a strong, dry cider with a wonderful complex and a very fruity flavour.
Broadoaks Bristol Port 6% Broadoak Bristol Port is a fruity colourful cider with a delicious apple taste and aroma.
Broadoaks Moonshine 7.50% Broadoak Moonshine is a crisp and clear cider with a very fruity flavour.
Broadoaks Premium Perry 7.50% This is a smooth delicately sweet drink which is a firm favourite with many. Broadoak Perry was a CAMRA gold award winner 2009.
Chants Badgers Spit 7.50% Badgers Spit is a hazy gold, well-balanced dry cider with a tart finish
Chants Singing Cider 7.50% Chants Singing Cider is a well-balanced medium sweet Cider.
Cornish Orchards Farmhouse cider 5% CAMRA National award winner in May 2012. Farmhouse cider is a very light, easy-drinking cider packed with flavour.
Gwynt-y-draig Black Dragon 7% The juice pressed from these apples is fermented and matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.
Gwynt-y-draig Fiery Fox 6.50% A golden medium Welsh cider with a refreshing apple aroma. This cider has a smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh crisp sharpness.
Gwynt-y-draig Two Trees Perry 4.50% This oak aged, Welsh perry is quite clear, has a caramel nose and a dry finish. It is a very lively popular perry and easy to drink.
Hecks Blakeney Red Perry 6% The Blakeney Red pear takes its name from the parish of Blakeney on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, where it still grows today. The trees grow tall, and fruit late in October, November. Years ago it was known for its quality as a desert pear. The juice produces a medium sweet, full bodied perry.
Newton Court Medium Sweet 7% Lovely cloudy orange colour. Big tarty apples. This is a very satisfying warm rosy cider, with loads of flavour.
Orchard Pig Navel Gazer 6% Orchard Pig Navel Gazer is distinctively full-bodied. Using hand graded farm pressed Somerset fruit. Thoroughly rounded real orchard cider, It is Dark yellow in colour with a Moderate apple aroma and flavour.
Rosquijeau Cider Medium 7.40% Made in Northern France, this is an English style cider with lovely French characteristics. An excellent still, craft cider: natural, unfiltered and with extraordinarily deep aromas of fruit and oak. This unique craft ‘cidre’ from Roger Sealey’s farm in Brittany, has been matured in French oak barrels. The use of traditional Breton equipment, local Breton apples and years of West Country know-how, have created a unique well rounded full bodied cider. Delicious with cheese.
Sanford Orchards Bumbleberry 4% Produced in Devon, a delicious medley of Apples, Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Raspberries and Blackberries –a marvellous fruit cider.
Severn Cider Dabinett 7.20% This is a dry single variety Gloucestershire cider that leaves a wonderful after taste of fresh apples.
Thistly Cross Ginger 4% Our cider is matured with fresh-pressed root ginger. A medium dry, full bodied, spicy drink. Refreshing in summer, reviving in winter.
Thistly Cross Jaggy Thistle 7.50% This is a dry scrumpy cider but has the warming, full bodied mouthfeel that you’d expect from a Vintage cider and a honeyed sweetness from the oak. The clean, crisp finish remains intact.
Thistly Cross Original 7.20% It’s a classic, farmhouse cider made with a blend of Scottish apples. The 6 month maturation makes it refreshing, smooth & fruity
Thistly Cross Strawberry 4% Cider is matured with masses of pressed Scottish strawberries to make a full bodied, fruit-driven, quenching drink. Rich in colour, the mouth is full of fruit with a clean refreshing finish.
Thistly Cross Traditional 4.40% A good full body with a refreshing sparkling mouth feel. Fruity & aromatic, golden in the glass, with a clean apple finish. A perfect session cider.
Thistly Cross Whiskey 6.90% Matured in ex-Glengassaugh whisky casks this is a dry & subtle cider. Infused with mellow, vanilla oak of the cask. A refreshing, complex drink to be savoured.
Three Saints A bit of rough 5.30% This is made from apples that grow on the side of a reservoir in Wentwood, a vast woodland in the Monmouthshire hills. The juice was left to ferment to total dryness.
Three Saints Laughing Juice 6% This is Three Saints Jessica Deathe’s best seller; an award winner, it is made from a blend of juices from their own trees, with added sugar for sweetness.
Three Saints Nice boys 3.50% A Welsh perry made from a blend, with a large percentage of eating pears which is unusual in the perry world. Named after a nice group of boys who asked the producers to pick their vast pear tree. It turned out to be an eater, hence the blend.
Three Saints Scrumthos 6.60% Jessica Deatheuses 100% juice often from unique Welsh cider apple varieties that lead to a local, artisan cider with individual characteristics and flavours that are lost in mass produced equivalents.

Food: There will be a varied food menu to help soak up the alcohol.

Entertainment: The entertainment for the festival will be as follows:


3:45pm – 4:15pm – Nathan Newton
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Chris Binding
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Jonny Boyle
7:30pm – 9:30pm – Scratch The Surface


12:45pm – 1:15pm – Dalaro
1:30pm – 2:15pm – The Beth Macari Band
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Karnival Kids
3:15pm – 4:00pm – Skylark Song
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Jen Stevens and the Hiccups
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Superheat – ft Wendy Saint
7:30pm – 9:30pm – Dust Town Dogs


12:45pm – 1:30pm – Felling Male Voice Choir
1:00pm – 2:00pm – George Welch and Christine Jeans
1:45pm – 2:45pm – Northern Brass Monkey Band
3:15pm – 4:15pm – Claypath
4:45pm – 6:00pm – The Lounge Lizards
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Bessie and the Zinc Buckets


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