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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Beer festival fundraiser for Cumbrian respite centre

Rugby players will swap balls for pint glasses when they host their first beer festival to raise cash to help build a respite centre for disabled children.

Egremont beer festival photo
Karl Connor checks on supplies

The festival, at Egremont Rugby Union Club, was kicking off this afternoon and will feature 20 real ales sourced from local breweries and a real cider.

Money raised from the festival, which also takes place tomorrow, will go towards the Give us a Break appeal, which is aiming to raise £100,000 to build a respite care centre in west Cumbria.

The rugby club spokesman, Karl Connor, said: “As a real ale fan I’m excited that the club is hosting what promises to be a fantastic weekend.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve had the difficult task of selecting the beers – I’ve tried to stay as local as we can while catering for every taste.”

The list of beers for the festival include several award winning tipples such as Loweswater Gold from the Cumbrian Legendary Ale Brewery at Ambleside, which won the Golden Ale of the Year at the 2011 Great British Beer Festival.

There are other golden ales on the list, which also includes stout, hoppy bitters and a special ale called Ginger Fizz from the Foxfield brewery in south Cumbria.

Ennerdale Brewery – which regularly supply the club with their most popular beer, Ennerdale Blonde – has supported the festival as a sponsor, and will have three beers on show, as will the Strands brewery from Wasdale. Great Gable Brewery, based just around the corner from the rugby club, will supply two ales.

Egremont RUFC has worked with the West Cumbria branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to organise the festival, which is backed by Nuclear Management Partners, as the festival’s main sponsor.

Karl added: “Real ale is booming all around the UK.

“Our rugby club started serving it around 12 months ago, occasionally at first, but the popularity of real ale has meant that we now always have at least one ale available.”

The club opens at noon each day.

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