It’s time to raise a glass to one of Britain’s favourite drinks for National Cask Ale Week, kicking off from the 21 September- 1 October.

The world’s largest brewer of cask ale Marston’s is opening the doors at each of its six breweries.

Banks Brewery, Wolverhampton is putting on, not one, not two, but four events.

There’s a beer themed quiz night, a food matching masterclass, a meet the brewer evening and a good old-fashioned fish, chips and ale knees up inside the brewery to celebrate the best of British.

Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire are donning their lederhosen and hosting an ale-swigging, thigh slapping Oktoberfest. Celebrating 15 real ales from around the country, revellers will be able to taste some traditional German beers, not forgetting a range of tasty German foods too.

Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire will be doing a beer and food matching night, featuring classic Oxford Fare paired with Oxfordshire ales and will feature some very exclusive, limited edition ale releases.

The Beertown Brewery Bash takes place in the Marston’s Burton brewery yard and visitor centre on Saturday 23 September. Packed with ales from seven different breweries, there will be comedy shows, live music and entertainment and a great atmosphere as the spiritual home of beer comes alive.

A landmark event at Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria will be the unveiling of a new ale during their three- day beer festival from 22-24 September.

The beer is a collaboration between Jennings, and Tractor Shed Brewing,

The newest member of the Marston’s family is the Eagle Brewery in Bedford. It is on a recruitment drive for new brewery tour guides. During Cask Ale Week the brewery will be opening their doors to prospective candidates, where they can come and meet the team, learn about cask ale and plans for the brewery.

Marston’s director of Brewing, Emma Gilleland said: “All our Breweries are gearing up for a busy week where we welcome everyone to enjoy our passion for the perfect pint. It’s the ideal time to try some new flavours and celebrate the great taste of one of the nation’s favourite drinks.”

Cask Ale Week instigator Paul Nunny said: “There’s plenty to celebrate. There are now 1,700 breweries across the country, nearly all producing natural, cask-conditioned ale. With brewers becoming more and more adventurous in the style and flavour of beers they produce, choice has never been better.

“With over 10,000 different real ales produced each year, there is a beer to suit every palate. Cask Ale Week reminds people to go to the pub and try some of them.”

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