If you ran into Brian Rainey or Connor Doherty over the weekend they were probably both smiling like Cheshire cats.
For the first time ever, Brian and Connor hosted their beer festival, ‘Sippy of Culture’, in the Main Hall of the Guildhall.
The festival ran over Friday and Saturday and saw a wide range of local beers, ciders, spirits and food all gather under one rood. With tales that some brewers sold out of their much loved brews it was easy to see why people were describing ‘Sippy of Culture’ as a major success.
“We went into this with no expectations at all but we have been blown away by how many people came to the event,” said a happy Brian on Saturday.
Festival Director, Connor Doherty, paid tribute to all of the local business that took part.
“It’s a dream come true for us to champion so much local talent,” he said. “From the beer to the food and from the music to the people who gave up their time to help out - everything about ‘Sippy of Culture’ was local and we are delighted it went so well.”
Campsie based brewer, Northbound Brewery, was but one of the many local beers available at ‘Sippy of Culture’.
“Luckily for us, with the festival happening in Derry we were close to the brewery as a few runs had to made for more kegs - our beers were very popular,” said Martina Rogers from Northbound Brewery.
She added: “The Sippy of Culture at the Guildhall was an outstanding success for Northbound Brewery in what can only be described as the best location for a drinks event.
“Credit has to go to the organisers Connor, Brian and the support team as the attention to detail was fantastic, it was very easy for the participants to engage with the public and sell their produce. With superb food from Moran’s Food and Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, the beef stew that used along with Northbound beers was very popular.”