[A]n array of live bands from across Cumbria have been confirmed for the upcoming ‘Grasmere Guzzler’ Beer & Music Festival (Friday 31 August – Sunday 2 September), according to event organisers at Tweedies Bar and Lodge.
The free family-run event has become a Cumbrian institution since it started 12 years ago, with just 8 sampling ales and a few friends in the beer garden with a single guitar.
In contrast, this year’s event will include more than 100 craft beers, alongside a BBQ and stone-fire pizza oven. It will literally be all hands to the pump, as Tweedies draft in extra staff to serve an estimated 8,000 pints over the three days in a specially-erected marquee.
Visitors from all corners of the UK will enjoy live music from 25 artists, including home-grown acts ranging from Paper Cranes and Bad Transmission, to Cumbrian collective Valparaiso and 7-piece Ponyland. Musicians from Liverpool, the Midlands and the North East are also heading to Grasmere to join the line-up.
Bar Manager at Tweedies Bar & Lodge, Alex Goodall, says, “The growth of the Grasmere Guzzler has been phenomenal and it has really added a different dimension to our business, drawing in more younger people and families who enjoy the laid-back vibe and informal atmosphere.
“Craft beers have become increasingly popular in recent years and we’ve now expanded to include lagers, sour beers and imperial stouts as well. We’re also genuinely proud to showcase the thriving local music scene and I think it’s that mix of new musical talent and cutting-edge beers which makes the Grasmere Guzzler a really unique event.”
There will be some camping in the garden, which can be pre-booked through Tweedies Bar and Lodge. There is also still limited availability inside the main hotel’s new look bedrooms and their private Mews suites.
A full list of the bands taking part in this year’s Grasmere Guzzler includes:
Beak and Powney
Sad Eye’d Puffins
Matt Cowe Plays Chet
For more information about the Grasmere Guzzler, contact: [email protected] / 015394 35300. Free entry, 12pm till late.