Village to celebrate first beer festival

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2019

The Wrington Beer Festival is set to come to the village in a few months time.	Picture: Neil Phillips

The Wrington Beer Festival is set to come to the village in a few months time. Picture: Neil Phillips

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A village will hold its first beer festival in the spring.

The Wrington Beer Festival will sell alcoholic beverages from across the district over two days in March.

The festival, being hosted at Wrington’s Memorial Hall in Silver Street, is to show a variety live music from bands across the area – including the rock, rhythm and blues ensemble Ghost Weed.

More than 20 beers and ciders will be available to buy at the festival from breweries in Wrington, Bristol and Somerset.

Its organisers have also promised to donate all of the event’s profits to a village charity, the 1st Burrington and Wrington Scout and Guide Group.

Wrington Beer Festival organiser, James Beyer, said: “Now Christmas is well and truly out of the way, we have lots of planning to do to in the lead up to the festival.

“The event’s chairman, Simon Gait, and I have often sat in the pub together and thought – Wrington needs its own beer festival, it seems like a lot of other villages have them, so why can’t ours?”

Mr Beyer has said there will be guides and explorers from the group to help out on both days with catering for the event.

He continued: “We both have children in the scouts and thought it would be a good thing to do – these groups are always looking for ways 
to fundraise and I hope the money from the ticket sales will benefit them.

“We are really looking forward to it and we hope this will become an annual event if it’s successful this year.”

Mr Gait said: “The festival will be a weekend to remember.

“We will be celebrating the festival with live music and visitors will be treated to a commemorative glass designed by a hugely talented artist from the area, Harry Bunce.”

The duo are hoping to have a selection of 18 beers and four ciders at the festival, with those from the Bristol Beer Factory, Butcombe and the Twisted Oak breweries both in Wrington.

The event will take place on March 8-9 at the hall from 7-11pm on the first day, and noon until 4pm and 7-11pm on March 9.

Tickets are available from the Twisted Oak Brewery’s shop, in Iwood Lane, and will be available from www.wringtonbeerfestival.org in thenear future.

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