Albatross lands with successful Beer Festival

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Bexhill’s Albatross Club was the place to be for lovers of good beer over the weekend.

The club’s Autumn Beer Festival took place in glorious sunshine and allowed people to sample cask conditioned ales from around the country.

Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144653001

Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144653001

A downstairs bar saw 20 barrels racked up while the upstairs bar offered a showcase of Sussex beers, making 28 beers in all.

In a forward thinking move the Club allows people to buy three third of a pint glasses for the price of a festival pint, to allow them to sample a wider range of beers.

Music was provided by a number of top local bands, while Saturday evening saw an open folk session taking place.

The Albatross is the base of the Bexhill branch of the Royal Airforces Association and has a well deserved reputation for its ever changing selection of real ales.

Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144553001

Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144553001

It has already netted three awards this year, including CAMRA’s South East Sussex Club of the Year and their Regional Club of the Year, meaning the Albatross is rated as among the top 16 clubs in the country for good beer.

It also holds monthly live folk music nights on Monday evenings.

The club’s assistant head steward Peter Fell said: “It was a great atmosphere with good music and the beer sold out at the end.”

One festival-goer commented: “I sampled Burton Bridge Brewery’s Thomas Sykes. It went down nicely and seemed innocuous but it was ten percent gravity in strength. It was good that you could get it in thirds of a pint.”

The Albatross Club can be found on Marine Arcade just short of the sea front near the De la Warr Pavilion.

Pictures by Margaret Garcia.

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Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144623001

Beer Festival at the Albatross Club, Bexhill. Photo by Margaret Garcia. SUS-150920-144623001

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