All aboard for Rutland Beer Festival

Exeter Arms landlord and brewer Martin Allsopp, left, Rutland Camra chairman Jon Whowell and captain Matt Broadhead sampling the beer on board the Rutland Belle
Exeter Arms landlord and brewer Martin Allsopp, left, Rutland Camra chairman Jon Whowell and captain Matt Broadhead sampling the beer on board the Rutland Belle
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A special beer has been brewed in preparation for the third annual Rutland Beer Festival.

Rutland Belle was created by Martin Allsopp, head brewer at The Barrowden Brewery, and is named after the boat which takes visitors around the reservoir.

The beer will go on sale at the festival organised by the Rutland branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The three-day festival at Rutland County Museum opens at 11am on Thursday, July 18.

Martin said: “We have brewed a special beer for every Rutland Camra beer festival and I’m delighted to have produced Rutland Belle as this year’s special.”

Rutland Belle is a 4.5 per cent brown beer. It will be sold alongside more than 40 real ales, ciders and perries.

Our picture shows Exeter Arms landlord and brewer Martin Allsopp, left, Rutland Camra chairman Jon Whowell and captain Matt Broadhead sampling the beer on board the Rutland Belle.