BEER lovers enjoyed testing out some of the city's finest drinks and flavours last night, as part of festivities celebrating Salisbury's food and drink.

Halfway through Taste Salisbury, a first of its kind festival that launched last weekend, Qudos welcomed Greg Hughes of Dark Revolution to show off some of the latest products the brewery has on offer.

From Pilsners to pale ales, there was something for everyone to enjoy, as, organised by Artisan Wine and Spirit Co, Greg talked visitors through flavours, ingredients and the brewing process.

The Dark Revolution brewery is housed opposite the airfield at Old Sarum, and having spent a decade selling people the kit to make beer, co-founder and head brewer Greg decided to give it a go himself.

Talking about the sold out event on Castle Street, Greg said it was "really good" to be involved, adding: "We received great feedback, it felt good bringing local food and drink to the community."

After the success of the city garden event in the Market Place, which Dark Revolution supplied, Greg added: "These are the first things locally we’ve done and we want to try and do more of it while promoting local businesses.

"I think the pandemic has really helped people realise what's on their doorstep and make the most of it. It's so nice to see these places and the Market Place being used more.

"With the way the high street is going, with everything moving to online, we need to use these spaces and show off what is still here, and that will bring more people to Salisbury."

Staff at Artisan Wine and Spirit Co, one of the newest businesses in Salisbury, were keen to collaborate with two other independents in the city - Dark Revolution as the producer and Qudos as the venue.

Elizabeth Coombes, Artisan Wine and Spirit Co co-owner, said: “We’re massive fans of Greg and Dark Revolution has such a cult following in Salisbury, so it was great to see so many of his and our customers at the tasting. Definitely one to repeat!”

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So far, the ten-day Taste Salisbury event has seen a mixture of special promotions and discounts across the city, as well as workshops, tasting events and live music.

As well as Qudos, Salisbury Museum, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Cathedral have been involved with entertaining foodies over the last week.

Talking about the festival, Elizabeth added: “We were so excited when we first learned about Taste Salisbury - it’s such a great opportunity to explore all the amazing food and drink in this city. It basically has our name written all over it.

"It’s brilliant to be part of it and we can’t wait for our next event in the walled garden at Arundells [September 3] - pairing canapés from local chef 'Talk Eat Laugh' with our wines, and accompanied by live music from Luke Futcher and Ribble. What a night!” 

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