The first Bo'ness Real Ale Festival was run in 2001 in support of the 'Bo'ness 400' to celebrate Bo'ness being designated a port in 1601.
Since then it has taken on a life of its own and has gone from strength to strength each year and continues to be an increasingly popular annual event.
Supporting both real ale and local musicians
Although the focus is on the support, promotion and enjoyment of real ale within the Forth Valley area the festival, has from the start, also supported local musicians and groups providing entertainment on both evenings.
The entertainment starts around 8pm and lasts until approx 11pm each evening.
In previous years BRAAS (Bo'ness Real Ale Appreciation Society) also supported the Falkirk wide WayToBlue music festival acting as the main venue in Bo'ness.
Since the demise of WayToBlue, BRAAS continues the theme and this year's entertainers are:-
Friday - Pure Malt (folk music and song)
Saturday - Urban Tonkerers (everything from Scottish, folk, blues, rock and a little bit of ceilidh)
Entrance is by the purchase of a Commemmorative Glass at a cost of £4 which includes a complimentary half-pint (glass bought on Friday provides free entrance on Saturday).
Each year's glass commemmorates a different and significant aspect of life in Bo'ness and since the inaugural year has celebrated:-
The Opening of Bo'ness Harbour
The 100 Anniversary of Bo'ness Town Hall
The Re-opening of The Hippodrome Cinema
The Antonine Wall Bid
2008 in no different and this year the glass logo is again celebrating the Antonine Wall but this time it is the successful designation of the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site.
26 Real Ales from around Falkirk
Last but not least there will be 26 real ales all from the Forth Valley/Falkirk area including 11 new beers and a real cider to enjoy.
Support for The Mod
In support of The Mod starting on the same weekend two of the featured ales have been specially brewed for the event:-
Mod Gold 3.8 abv
Mod 80/- 4.0 abv
And not fogetting the ladies, although many sample the ales, there is a selection of red and white wines in addition to soft drinks for those who unfortunately have to drive.
Pub Grub Available
Pub type grub is also available with pies, burgers and a selection of crisps and nuts on offer throughout the event.
Friday - 5pm till 11pm
Saturday - 12 noon till 11pm
Pints and small bottles of wine are all priced at £2.00 with ale served in half-pint and pint measures.
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