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The gloves are off as over 100 of the best craft-brewed keg beers from breweries in northern Britain get down to battle in a major competition at the Canalhouse pub on Thursday 23 July.

All the beers have already taken honours in regional heats organised by SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers.

And as soon as the judging is complete, all the beers will go on sale so that Nottingham’s growing band of craft beer drinkers can taste their delights and check to see if the judges got it right.

The Canalhouse keg beer festival runs from 5pm on Thursday and ends on Sunday when the last drop is drunk. Entry is free on all four days.

Landlady, Yvette Storey, says the ales are served anonymously during the SIBA competition. “I don’t even know which is which while judging’s going on but I’m confident their quality will be excellent. Many of the brewers tell me they’ve spent the last 12 months honing their recipes and techniques.

“It’s fantastic how high quality keg beers have been taken to heart by our customers. As an early promoter of the craft beer movement, we’re really pleased to be hosting this event for a second year. And in common with any pioneer, we’re delighted to continue to lead the charge against boring fizzy drinks. There’s nothing finer than seeing a group of 25 year olds lapping up great beers and being heard decrying heavily advertised lagers as ‘an old man’s drink’.

“For the competition and the festival we’ve set up a new keg cellar and bar to make sure the beers are served to perfection. Our doors are open to everyone especially those who wouldn’t call themselves beer drinkers. I’m really looking forward to offering everyone a chance to try them out served exactly as they should be served, and watching their surprise and delight as the tastes hit home,” she says.