SOMETIMES, you find treasure where you least expect it. Beer enthusiasts should bear that in mind.

Britain's big-city festivals attract endless attention and fanfare, but a little market town in North Yorkshire promises something pretty spectacular over the coming days.

Beertown 2016, in Malton, which runs from Thursday to Saturday (April 21 to 23), looks set to be a tremendous event.

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The teams from Bad Seed and Brass Castle Breweries promote Beertown

"The mission was simple: to be bigger and better than ever," says Chris Waplington, one of the organisers. "Not an easy task, given how successful last year's event was - but with more beers, more food and an adult bouncy castle we think we've succeeded!"

So here's your quick guide....

What is there to drink?

The latest list includes 47 beers from 32 breweries. It reads a bit like a who's who of Britain's craft beer scene.

>>> See the full beer list here, on the festival website

There is, understandably, a local bias. Malton's two breweries, Bad Seed and Brass Castle, co-organised the event and have eight beers each on the list. But they are joined by similarly exciting, innovative breweries from around the country - and beyond.

Chris, one of the team at Bad Seed, is particularly excited about the international options and says Malton will be turned into a "theatre for beer".

He says: "We'll be pouring Flor d'Ordal, a barrel aged peach beer from Beer Cat from Barcelona and we've managed to get our hands on one of the few kegs that made it to this country of Ruination 2.0 from Stone Brewing Co in California.

"Locally sourced showstoppers include the newly opened Brew York Brewery, with their American pale ale Brew York, Brew York, alongside others from Yorkshire who are pushing the boundaries on the brew scene at the moment including Magic Rock, Vocation, Northern Monk, North Riding and BAD Co. "On top of those delights we'll be showcasing beers from Beavertown, Kernel, Weird Beard, Buxton, Cloudwater, Moor, Siren, Tempest and Burning Sky."

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Above & below: some of the beers to look out for

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Northern Monk are sending a cask of their Neapolitan Ice Cream IPA. Fallen are sending a mini IPA called Light Freight and also Chew Chew, their salted caramel milk stout. Beavertown are sending a keg of Neck Oil, their session IPA. Fyne Ales, from Scotland, are sending a keg of Ich Bin Ein Berryliner, their fruit sour beer. Fans of that style may also enjoy Burning Sky's Wild Gift Apricot.

Will there be food?

Alongside the beer, there will be fresh sourdough toasties or loaves from The Haxby Bakehouse - specially stencilled with the Beertown logo. The Gypsy Baker, based at Haxby, will have vegan-friendly cakes made with Bad Seed and Brass Castle beers.

Local deli Malton Relish will have hand-made sausage rolls, samosas and pies and will be running the outdoor barbecue. And staff from The Queen's Head Cantonese Restaurant in Amotherby will be showcasing some of their dishes.

And entertainment?

There will be live music from Counting Coins, the East Coast Vagabonds, the Bramble Napskins, Miles Gilderdale and the Blue Flies and Radio Silence.

And, if that's not quite enough and you've been sensible on the beer, there's a bouncy castle for adults in the games room at the back as well.

Where and when is it, and how much does it cost?

Beertown takes place in The Milton Rooms in Malton. It is open from 5pm on the Thursday and from noon on the Friday and Saturday.

Admission is free on the Thursday, but visitors should note there will be no entertainment or food that night, and some beers may not be ready. Entry is £6 on the Friday or Saturday, when everything should be in place.