A toast to traditional ales

MINE'S A PINT: From left, joint landlady Chantal Weeks, with owner John Norton, brewer Tom Norton, and joint landlady Tash Long.
MINE'S A PINT: From left, joint landlady Chantal Weeks, with owner John Norton, brewer Tom Norton, and joint landlady Tash Long.

THE resurgence of traditional beers will be celebrated in style this weekend.

The White Horse pub in Edwardstone is holding its 16th “Dark Ales Days” beer festival from Friday to Monday.

The festival champions stout, mild and dark ales – and a selection of 35 cask ales will be on offer for pub goers to enjoy.

John Norton, who has owned the pub in Mill Green for six years, said: “Mild and stout was once the drink of choice for every pub in the country but it nearly disappeared a few years ago.

“The traditional beers have been fighting a battle against lager for a few decades and we have been part of that.

“There is now a return of interest in these types of beer and there is a younger generation who are drinking cask ales, which never used to be the case.”

Ciders and porters will also be available during the festival, which will have live music playing on each day.