A Tyneside lad’s pulling power has landed him the top job at one of Newcastle’s hottest and longest-running annual events.
After starting as a lowly volunteer at the Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival four years ago, Anthony McMullen is now running the show – and it’s promising to be a bumper year.
This year more than 4,000 beer and cider lovers are set to descend on Newcastle from April 1 to 4, to sample some of the UK’s finest – and possibly most weird and wonderful - craft beers and ciders.
This year, 120 beers and 50 ciders from quirky tiny unique micro-breweries to established names will be on tap at the Northumbria University campus for what’s become the biggest showcase of its kind in the region.
As you’d expect, local names like Firebrick, High house farm, Hadrian Border, Hexhamshire,, Tyne Bank breweries will be there. as well as some a little further afield Brew York, Northen Monk,Tiny Rebel. And expect some intriguing names like Mrs Simpson’s Thriller in Vanilla and Pump up the Jam.
Getting literally hundreds of precious casks of ale in situ, conditioned and ready for the perfect pour every time is a huge logistical and technical task – and all eyes will be on Anthony to make sure it turns out right.
“Running the festival is a dream come true. It’s been my hobby for a long time, ever since I attended a Campaign for Real Ale event where I learnt about the processes, tastes and chemistry of making beer,” said Anthony, who’s day job is a software engineer and he’s also a North Tyneside councillor.
“I’ve become a bit of a beer geek, and for me moderation is the key if you’re going to really savour all the wonderful variation in British beers. I believe we really have the best brewers in the world in this country, and, even with all this excellent talent, the ales coming from the North East take some beating.”
With local Breweries competing to win the Battle of the Beers producing a brand new Vegan Friendly beer, there will be bands playing throughout the festival as well as this the festival will be promoting St Oswald Hospice and Mind as their charities
For more information, including volunteering opportunities like the one that got Anthony started, check out the official website at www.nclbeerfest.uk
"I believe we really have the best brewers in the world in this country, and, even with all this excellent talent, the ales coming from the North East take some beating."