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Ixworth-based business Artefact Brewery to hold beer festival this weekend

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A new microbrewery based in Ixworth near Bury St Edmunds is showcasing its beer this weekend with a three-day beer festival.

Artefact Brewery, based in Bridge Farm and near Pakenham Windmill, will offer 13 different beers, including nine cask beer and four on keg.

The beers range from Artefact’s classics, such as the Ixworth Blonde, Artefact Bitter and Session Pale Ale, to their more experimental Jasmine Blonde and national award-winning Black IPA.

Husband and wife team James Phillips and Kat Lawson-Phillips run Artefact Brewery in Ixworth
Husband and wife team James Phillips and Kat Lawson-Phillips run Artefact Brewery in Ixworth

Also on offer will be two brand new beers, a Hibiscus Blonde Ale, which is a special bright pink and gluten-free beer, brewed to mark Artefact’s 100th brew with real hibiscus petals giving the beer its strong colour and subtle taste, and a strong 7.8% Norwegian Double IPA which isn’t yet out in bottle.

Artefact was set up in 2020 by a husband and wife team, James Phillips and Kat Lawson-Phillips, after several years of saving and planning.

James is a self-taught home brewer who enjoys experimenting and making different beers and Kat runs the marketing side as well as events, planning and admin.

This will be the second beer festival the company has done
This will be the second beer festival the company has done

The brewery is based on Kat’s family farm and was initially a part-time venture, with James now working for the business full time.

Artefact does not currently have a permanent shop or tap room and so is currently relying on monthly drive through beer sales, pub and restaurant trade - supplying Pea Porridge and Wright’s Cafe with bespoke products - bottle shops, markets and events to get their beer out to the public.

This will be their second beer festival in Ixworth, with the first taking place over the Easter weekend, and is currently the only way they can host people on-site to enjoy their hand-crafted, small-batch artisan beer.

Attendees can also grab a bite to eat
Attendees can also grab a bite to eat

James Phillips, head brewer and director of Artefact, said: "At the moment, holding our own pop-up beer festival is the only way we can have people on-site, enjoying our beer, and we’re really looking forward to it.

"The brewery is a huge passion of mine, but as a business it's still in its infancy and this is only our second big event here on the farm.

"We’re still finding our way, planning how we want the business to grow, where we might be able to open a shop or a tap room, but for now we’re really looking forward to inviting people in to try our beer on cask or keg, although I’m not sure many will get through trying all 13 of them.

"We’ll also have a local cider on, soft drinks, food here and we’re very dog and family friendly, just a chilled, relaxed event with good beer and good company. That’s what it’s all about.”

The festival is also supported by local food vendors so attendees can grab a slice of pizza on Friday and listen to live music from Underdog Acoustic, who are based in Diss. On Saturday food will be supplied by Wright's Café and Burger Jam on Sunday.

Punters can also enjoy a game of cornhole, an American bean-bag throwing game with a tournament set up by the Bury Baggers Club.

Tickets are £5 and should be booked in advance and include a free half pint.

Opening times

  • Friday 22nd - 3pm until 10pm
  • Saturday 23rd - 12pm until 10pm
  • Sunday 24th - 12pm until 8pm.

At Bridge Farm, Bury Road, Ixworth, IP31 2HX.