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6th July 2018

National Star College Team Up with Cheltenham and Gloucester Beer Week

Cheltenham & Gloucester Beer Week, organised by Guild member Leigh Norwood,  is back again with a whole host of events, beer trails and special offers, from Friday September 14th to Sunday September 23rd. Expect ‘meet the brewer’ evenings, food and beer matching, tutored tastings, themed beer quizzes, tap takeovers and talks from some of the best known writers and brewers in the UK.

National Star College involvement

‘This year Gloucestershire’s very own National Star College will be involved with Beer Week, not just as a financial beneficiary, but as an active participant’, said C&GBW Chair Leigh Norwood of Favourite Beers. ‘National Star is an independent specialist further education college near Cheltenham for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. They provide personalised, world-class learning and training.’

Students from the National Star will hopefully attend the brew days for brewing the two Beer Week collaboration beers, and assist in the design of the beer can labels. The brewers will donate profits from sales of the collaboration beers to the College, with Beer Week venues also raising money to benefit the college.

‘Chefs from the college intend to hold events at some venues, hopefully with students helping out’, said Leigh. ‘We think that this is a great way for students to be more involved in the community and boost awareness of the work which National Star undertakes’.

Beer Week Collaboration Beers

Between July 31st and August 2nd, Deya brewery in Cheltenham will host Gloucester, Hillside, Prescott and Velvet Owl brewers to brew two special beers, with support from Cheltenham’s Favourite Beers. The first beer is likely to be a Triple IPA of around 10% ABV, whilst the second will probably be an Export Stout of around 7.5% ABV. Both beers will be available in can and keg formats.

New for this year

The main focus of this year’s Beer Week will be on the ‘Ale Trails’ that were so popular with beer drinkers last year. A fold-out map, listing all the Ale Trails and venues and detailing all of the events that you can attend over the week, is being produced.

Beer Week is a showcase for our great local brewers, and award-winning pubs, clubs and venues. It’s a chance for people to learn more about beer, meet the people who make it, try new things, discover new flavours and have fun. Beer Week is a celebration of beer in all of its forms, styles and flavours.

The final list of trails and events will be in place by August, but progress reports on venues, events and beer trails can be found at


Further information: Leigh Norwood on 01242 220485.