The Annual Chester-le-Street Masonic Centre Beer and Cider Festival took place over the weekend of the 6th to the 9th of July 2023.
Chester-Le-Street Masonic Centre is the 2023 Durham CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Club of the Year, an honour they have held since 2020 and the Annual Beer and Cider Festival continues to grow from strength to strength.
This year the Festival featured 16 Beers and 6 Ciders, all supplied by local breweries. The Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider, a 6.7% ABV cider, brewed in single malt whisky casks and the Nowt Daft Hazy 4.2% ABV pale ale, brewed by Tyne Bank Brewery, proved the most popular this year, with each selling out well before the finish.
Over the course of the 4 days, the Centre received a record number of visitors from within our Province, from neighbouring Provinces and from the wider community in general. The bar was manned by willing volunteers from the local lodges, supported by members of the Provincial Exec. There was even a sighting of the PGM sweeping the floor as his Deputy mopped alongside him.
Craig Pattison on behalf of the organising team said: “A huge thank you goes out to all of the Organisers, the Volunteers, the Sponsors, the Caterers and the Staff who helped to make this another fabulous event. Role on 2024 where we hope to see you all again.”
All funds raised will go to Masonic and Non-Masonic Local Charities.