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Ixworth-based Artefact Brewing near Bury St Edmunds serves more than 1,000 pints at beer festival



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About 1,000 pints were served to more than 300 people at a brewery’s summer beer festival.

Artefact Brewing hosted the event at its site at Bridge Farm in Ixworth which featured the brewery’s range of 13 of microbrewed beers including Ixworth Blonde, Artefact Bitter, Dark Mild, Session Pale and new, gluten free beer Hibiscus Blonde.

Alongside beer, the festival also offered live music, a competitive cornhole competition and food.

Festival goers found shade to drink out of the hot temperatures. Picture: Mecha Morton
Festival goers found shade to drink out of the hot temperatures. Picture: Mecha Morton

Founder Kat Lawson-Phillips said: "It was really good and we didn’t actually run out of any of our beers - we had just the right amount of everything.

“We had nine on cask, four on keg, a load of cider and soft drinks.

“We’re very happy with how it all went and there’s not too much waste which is great.”

Alison and John Fuller with Jeff and Sylvia Currie. Picture: Mecha Morton
Alison and John Fuller with Jeff and Sylvia Currie. Picture: Mecha Morton
James Phillips pulling a pint. Picture: Mecha Morton
James Phillips pulling a pint. Picture: Mecha Morton

Kat and her husband James launched Artefact Brewing during the pandemic.

After developing an enthusiasm for homebrewing five years ago, James is now the head brewer at Artefact.

Over the three festival days, food was provided by other independent businesses.

Friday saw pizza served by Marg and Ritas based in East Harling near Thetford.

Artefact owners James Phillips and Kat Lawson-Phillips. Picture: Mecha Morton
Artefact owners James Phillips and Kat Lawson-Phillips. Picture: Mecha Morton

This was followed by toasties from Bury St Edmunds' café Wrights on Saturday and concluded with Sunday's messy, gourmet burgers from Burger Jam in Norfolk.

Kat said: "They were all brilliant. We managed to pick quite small businesses that are operating similarly to us.Everyone complimented how good the food was.”

Bury Baggers Conrhole Club held an intense cornhole tournament in the sun that proved entertaining and fun for festival attendees.

Lawson family. Picture: Mecha Morton
Lawson family. Picture: Mecha Morton

Music was provided by Underdog Acoustic who played a range of covers.

Kat and the team are hoping to host more beer festivals as the business does not have a shop yet.

Vianna and Johnny Barber. Picture: Mecha Morton
Vianna and Johnny Barber. Picture: Mecha Morton

She added: “We had an Easter one, a summer one and now we’re thinking about an October one too - not sure if three festivals in one year is too many though.

“We’re now at a point where we feel like we have enough customers and people being more aware of us, we can think about the next steps and how we can do something a bit more permanent.”