Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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First beer festival for owners of north Cumbria pub

Organisers of Cumbria’s newest beer festival are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather.

Pheasant pub photo
Sara and Norman Drogomirecki and Christine Marshall in the Pheasant Inn

Sara and Norman Drogomirecki have owned the Pheasant Inn, in Cumwhitton, for almost 10 years.

They were persuaded to take the plunge and arrange their first beer festival by Sara’s mother Christine Marshall, and will have a selection of 12 beers as well as at least two ciders at the event.

Sara said: “Next year it will be 10 years since we took over and we thought we’ve never done anything like that before. We thought it was probably about time we did.

“We didn’t have a clue where to start so we had a look on Facebook to see what others had done.”

The Bank Holiday weekend of May 2 to May 5 was chosen because it is earlier in the year than other beer festivals.

And Sara said that the pub’s supplier – HB Clark from Workington – has also been a big help. She said: “They’ve arranged for a bar to be set up in the pool room and they gave us a big list of beers to choose from.”

Beers which will be on offer include:

  • Two from the Brampton-based Geltsdale Brewery – Lenz and Sno;
  • The Russian from Stamps in Liverpool;
  • Ambrosia from Pot Belly in Northants;
  • Stone Faced from Lymestone in Staffordshire;
  • Et Tu Brutus from Derventio in Derbyshire;
  • The ciders will be Pheasant Plucker and Fiery Fox.

A leaflet with tasting notes has been produced to help customers chose the right brews during the festival.

Sara said that they have also commissioned commemorative glasses and T-shirts to mark the occasion.

She added: “The sponsors are all local businesses. We are just hoping for good weather.”

She said that real ales was popular at the pub and people usually enjoyed it with their meals at the pub.

Chris Bannister will be providing the entertainment on the Sunday afternoon and the Solway branch of CAMRA is due to be there on the Saturday.


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