Beer festival returns to pull pints for charity

RAISE a pint, or two, as the Saddleworth Charity Beer Festival returns this month with a mouth-watering array of real ales and ciders.

There will be 15 real ales and two ciders to tickle the taste buds at the event at Boarshurst Band Club in Greenfield on September 27-28.Visitors will also be able to buy wines, spirits or soft drinks from the bar and there will be delicious hot food available on both days, supplied by Manns Wharf Catering.

There will also be a raffle with great prizes, and background music as well as the chance to take part in an open mic on both days.

The popular event is being organised once more by Peter Archer and Jonny Frankell after last year’s event was cancelled at short notice.

Peter explained: “We were unable to hold our event last year as we were let down at the last minute by the venue. We were very disappointed as we had big plans.

“However, we’ve moved to a new venue now and so this year the event returns even bigger than before.

“We hope people will come along to enjoy a great time out and also raise money for our chosen charities, which is what the event is all about.

“We secured sponsorship as well as kept expenses down to a minimum so we can hand over as much as possible to local causes.”

The line-up of real ales includes old favourites such as Jaipur from Thornbridge Brewery, Salopian Lemon Dream, True Grit from Millstone Brewery, and Mary Jane from Ilkley Brewery.

There are also a few new faces providing barrels, including a selection from Donkeystone in Greenfield, Three Fiends Brewhouse at Meltham, Northern Alchemy in Newcastle, Cold Bath at Harrogate, Magic Rock in Huddersfield and Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter from Lewes.

Ciders will come from the Real Cider Company in Bolton and all barrels will be set up on stillages which have been hand-made by Peter.

Doors will be open on Friday, September 27 from 6pm-midnight then on Saturday, September 28 from 1.30pm-midnight.

Tickets, including one free pint, cost £5 for a one-day ticket or £8 for a two-day ticket.

Tickets are available in advance from the bar at Boarshurst Band Club or email or pay on the door.

Proceeds from the festival will go to the Royal British Legion, towards helping to refurbish the cart for the annual Rushcart Festival, OMRT, The Christie and other local charities.

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