Horsham enjoys real ale festival

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FINE ale connoisseurs can enjoy up to 56 beers over the next fortnight as an international beer festival kicks off at Springfield Road’s The Lynd Cross pub in Horsham.

Running until April 1, Horsham’s drinkers can enjoy beers from across the world, as well as from the UK, at a cut price of £2.30 a pint.

County Times reporters Ollie McAteer and Joshua Powling trotted along to see what the fuss was all about, sampling six different ales.

Skinners Riggin’ Ale from Cornwall (4.5 per cent ABV) was a quaffable ale, Everards Gallantry (4.8) had a tangy aftertaste, while Hilden Scullion’s Irish Ale (4.6) had a bitter edge to it that might be too much for some people.

The other three were Zululand Zulu Blonde (4.5) which you could tell straight away was from a different continent because of the completely different flavour, Highgate Bee-zone (4.0) a pale beer with a hint of honey and finally the fruity Springhead Willy’s Wheatbeer (5.0).

Nick Wylie, a manager at The Lynd Cross, said: “It’s going really well, trade has picked up with people that would not usually come just to try the different brewers from Portugal, Brazil and other brewers from around the world.”

In addition the pub will be serving up to ten traditional draught ciders, and customers can sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Donovan Holmes said: “The festival will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of UK and international beers. We will be serving real ales from Russia and Norway for the first time. Many of the beers on offer have not been available in the pub beforehand and I am looking forward to serving them. The festival promises to be great fun and I am certain that customers at The Lynd Cross will enjoy themselves.”

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.