Real ale festival returns to London in February

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A festival dedicated to real ale and good music is kicking off this February, and will be taking over Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery.

Craft Beer Rising is back for 2014, and the organisers are promising it will be bigger and better than the inaugural event last year.

On the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd, beer lovers can sample all kinds of flavoursome real ales and lagers that will make you think twice before you order your next drink at the local pub.

Around 60 breweries will be getting involved to bring their beers to the masses, with more than 200 different types to choose from.

There will be tastings, talks from the experts and live music – headlining this year is king of electro Mr Scruff, and journalist and music guru Pete Paphides will also be playing a set of his favourite tunes.

To soak up the bubbles, eat at one of the many street food stalls being set up to provide some tasty local treats.

According to Craft Beer Rising co-founder Daniel Rowntree, owner of The Old Nun's Head in south-east London, the festival brings all-round beer entertainment and is designed to introduce everyone in the city to the craft beer revolution.

He said: "Ever-thirsty to learn more and share our discoveries, we are very excited about adding new surprises to this unmissable weekender."

People with London getaways booked for the last weekend in February should make attending the festival a priority, as it's a great way of discovering new beers that are produced for flavour and love, rather than mass distribution.

Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £15 each, and this includes a festival glass and £5 worth of drinks tokens you can spend on trying out various delicious beers from local suppliers.