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Consider trying one of the Ale Trails- check out the seven on offer.

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To see the opening hours of the pubs involved, visit with its useful map, and check out for more on the many brewers whose beers you will get to taste.


Prices for each Event will vary; please check the City of Ale website or contact the pubs concerned.

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Twitter: @CityofAle

Twitter Group of some of pubs involved

St Gregory's Centre for the Arts
St Gregory's Church, St Gregory's Alley
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Norwich City of Ale is back, and it is bigger and better than ever. Honestly, it’s true. It already had an ample sufficiency of pubs and breweries involved. This year, there are even more, plus a clutch of Ale Trails, and the inaugural FemAle festival.

Now in its fourth year, in 2013, 57,000 pints brewed by 36 local breweries were served over the 10 day festival. This year 44 pubs, 39 breweries,  including the likes of BatemansAdnams and Grain,  are involved, with over 200 beers on offer. 

Norwich City of AleRunning from 22 May to 1 June, the City of Ale festival is the perfect way to explore not just these hostelries of note, but the city's heritage and history.

Led by PintPicker founder Dawn Leeder – give the lady a gong – and Phil Cutter, landlord of the quaintly named Murderers' Arms, the City of Ale festival is a gathering with a difference, bringing together city and local culture in a way like no other.

The popular Brewers Market returns on Saturday 24 May. The chosen charity this year is the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Flood Appeal, with a special brew created by Norfolk Brewhouse. Twenty pence from every pint of Tidal Gold will go towards the charity.

Not just for blokes!

The Plasterers Arms will be hosting Fem.Ale, Celebrating Female Brewers from Around the Country, this coming weekend, 23-25 May. Kick proceedings off on Friday morning with a tasty Beers with Breakfast food matching event led by some of the country's friendly female beer sommeliers. Join British Brewer of the Year, Sara Barton of Brewsters Brewery, Grantham, and beer historian, author and recently crowned Beer Sommelier of the Year, Jane Peyton, aka @SchoolofBooze and others for a Saturday afternoon discussion, followed by tastings of the brewsters' beer. And Belinda at Adnams has brewed a special beer, with new hops in, to mark the occasion.

Roger Protz in town

There are nearly 200 events, events range from a Bottled Ale Trail and a Ghost Walk, through to an Alphabetical Beer Festival, and that’s just on the first day! The second day, Friday, sees beer royalty Roger Protz at The Earlham Arms for an Ale tasting with nibbles (£10)

Other highlights include a chance to meet Adnams’ engagingly creative head brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald, a Fat Cat Fun Bus pass, allowing you to travel between the three Fat Cat pubs throughout the day. I could go on, but you get the picture. Brewery tours, tutored tastings, quizzes, blues. It’s all there.

Where the cats are thirsty…

And, as well as all the great local – and local-ish – ale, the Scots have invaded iconic pub the Fat Cat, with over 30 real ales from all over Scoland.

The City of Ale programme is already available – a work of art in itself, it covers all the pubs, brews and and breweries involved. so don’t delay, download today and plan your visit.

Leave time to squeeze into Norwich's tiniest pub, The Vine, just off the marketplace. Enjoy the flint-adorned Adam & Eve, one of the smallest, gem-like pubs you'll ever find.

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When we visited in 2012, Susanna & James were the guests of Norwich City of Ale and stayed at the Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. A few miles out of the city centre, this four star hotel has its own health centre, spa and popular golf course, and provides a more rural base from which to explore Norwich and its environs.