A popular real ale pub in Derby has announced that it will be hosting a five-day beer festival to mark 30 years in business.
The Brunswick Inn, in Railway Terrace, intends to celebrate its landmark with an event called the Brunswick Beer Festival, at which people will be able to try top ales from Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Festivities will begin on Tuesday, October 3, at 4pm, heralding the start of five days of celebration, which will include local ales, barbecues and live music.
Back on October 3, 1987, The Brunswick reopened after it was closed and even threatened with demolition.
Thirty years on, the pub is famed for its real ales and has won numerous awards. It is considered a must-visit pub for real ale fans who travel from all over the country to visit Derby, which is considered the UK’s capital of real ale.
Trevor Harris, pictured here at the Brunswick Inn in the 1990s, brought the pub back from the brink
The pub was originally brought back from the brink by Trevor Harris, who today runs the Derby Brewing Company – a successful brewer and independent pub operator – which he runs with son Paul.
And to mark the start of celebrations at The Brunswick, Mr Harris has been invited back to cut the ribbon to mark the start of the beer festival.
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When Mr Harris left The Brunswick to form the Derby Brewing Company, the pub was taken over by Graham Yates. He is also expected to join current licensees Alan Pickersgill and Philippe Larroche for the celebrations.
Mr Pickersgill said: “This is a great milestone for us in what has become the ‘capital of real ale’ and the centre for beer tourism.”
Today, the Brunswick Inn is run by Alan Pickersgill (left) and Philippe Larroche (centre), pictured here with head brewer James Salmon
Over the years, The Brunswick has secured numerous awards – both for the pub itself and the beer that is brewed there.
For example, in recent years it was named the Derby Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Pub of the Year for 2017 and 2016 and South Derbyshire Pub of the Year for 2017. It was also named Derby Camra’s Pub of the Year for 2016 and 2015.
The Brunswick is a pub steeped in history. Built in 1842, it was designed by Francis Thompson and was one of the first examples of a purpose-built pub in the country.
Up until 1974 it had continually traded as a pub. But that year to pub shut and was allowed to fall into disrepair. The building was earmarked for demolition, which led to a public outcry.
The Brunswick Inn, circa 1979, when it had fallen into a derelict state
After lengthy negotiations, the Derby Historic Buildings Trust convinced the council to sell the buildings to the them for renovation.
However, when the trust ran out of funding, the fate of The Brunswick hung in the balance once again.
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It was sold by the trust and with renovations complete, opened for business on October 3, 1987, with Mr Harris as licensee.
In the early 1990s, an extension was created to allow The Brunswick to brew its own beer – something which the Brunswick Brewing Company still does to this day.
To find out more about the anniversary celebrations – and view the list of beers that will be available – visit www.brunswickderby.co.uk/whats-on/
Source: Derby Telegraph