October 24th, 2016

Warwick prepares for beer festival

Warwick prepares for beer festival Warwick prepares for beer festival
Cheers - Warwick Court Leet’s Graham Sutherland, Janet Honnoraty, Mandy Littlejohn and Gail Warrington get set for the beer festival with Warwick Racecourse general manager Andre Klein (centre). (s)
Updated: 10:05 am, Jul 01, 2016

THE KEEPERS of an ancient tradition in Warwick will be welcoming ale and cider drinkers to the town’s annual beer festival at Warwick Racecourse.

Warwick Court Leet is once again staging this year’s Warwick Beer Festival, with some 2,500 festival goers are expected to attend the two-day event which will boast more than 75 beers and ciders from across the UK.

Tipples from local breweries including Slaughterhouse Brewery in Warwick, Church Farm Brewery at Budbrooke, Byatt’s Brewery in Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon Brewery and Church End Brewery at Ansty will be available for tasting.

The event, being held at Warwick Racecourse on July 15 and 16, will also feature live music and hot food, with all proceeds going to Warwick charities.

Last year’s event raised more than £12,000, and £2,000 of this has recently been donated to Myton Hospice.

Warwick Court Leet was established in 1554 to uphold law and order in the town which involved making sure food and drink in the town was fit for local people to consume.

Warwick Court Leet’s Ale Taster still organises an annual ceremonial tasting at pubs in the town when landlords are presented with a certificate if their ale is declared fit to consume.

Alan Lettis, one of 24 jurors that make up Warwick Court Leet, said: “We are looking forward to staging this year’s beer festival which will be bigger and better than ever.

“This year will feature even more beers and ciders, with quite a few of the beers being CAMRA championship winners.

“One of the beers we will have is a barrel of Black Voodoo by Fernandes Brewery, in Yorkshire, which only brews 16 barrels a month. We are particularly proud of this year’s selection and reserve supplies will be on hand to ensure no one’s glass is left empty.

“We would like to thank everyone at Warwick Racecourse for their help.”

Admission is £5 and includes a commemorative glass and copy of the tasting notes. Visit www.warwickracecourse.co.uk for adavance tickets.

Visit www.warwickbeerfestival.co.uk forfurtehr details of the beer festival.

Charitable groups in the borough of Warwick can bid for grants from the money raised at last year’s event at Visit www.warwickcourtleet.co.uk for further details.