Cheers! Rutland Beer Festival is a huge success

Rutland MP Alan Duncan and Rutland Camra chairman Jon Whowell.
Rutland MP Alan Duncan and Rutland Camra chairman Jon Whowell.
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Pints were pulled and glasses were raised at the third Rutland Camra Beer Festival at the weekend.

The festival opened at Rutland County Museum on Thursday and ran for three days, featuring more than 40 light and dark real ales, ciders, perries and a selection of continental beers.

Visitors from far and wide were also treated to live music and performances from Rutland Morris Men and bands Roadrunner and Pennyless.

The beer of the festival award was won by Church End Brewery, from Nuneaton, for its 4.4 per cent blonde beer Vicars Ruin.

Guests at the festival included Rutland MP Alan Duncan, Rutland County Council leader Coun Roger Begy (Con), and the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, who opened the festival by cutting a beer glass cake baked by Lora Cracknel from Ketton.

Rutland Camra interim chairman Jon Whowell was delighted with the success of the festival.

He said: “This is our third beer festival and our teams of volunteers, and sponsors including Everards, The Grainstore Brewery and the Barrowden Brewing, have enabled us to put on this wonderful celebration of 
ale.”