St Albans Beer Festival 2009



St Albans is bracing itself for its 14th Beer and Cider Festival, held by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). This will take place between Wednesday 30th September and Saturday 3rd October 2009 at the St Albans Arena.

Up to 300 different British real ales and 30 real ciders and perries will be available from Britain and countries such as Belgium, Germany, Holland and Australia. Daily brewiana auctions, tombola and quizzes will be held. The Hamsters and the Rhythm n Blues Band will be providing live entertainment.

CAMRA has been campaigning for real ale, pubs and drinkers’ rights since 1971 and has over 100,000 members. Entry to the Festival is free for members.

On a final note; the Europe Brewers Report 2004 states that Real Ale, when consumed moderately, is not a health risk and may substantially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Whether that’s true or not, the buzz of the Festival atmosphere must surely be good for the stress hormones!

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on