Beer festival in Cleethorpes will brew up support for real ale
JASON Codd will be the toast of real ale buffs.
Not only has he organised a ten-day beer festival at The Nottingham House pub, in Sea View Street, Cleethorpes, he has also passed his personal bar licence – and he beat the pub’s new owner.
Bar manager Jason scored 100 per cent in the test, beating the owner, Roger Gott, a local dentist.
Cleethorpes’ oldest pub will host the ten-day festival starting from midday today.
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It will include a pub quiz on Wednesday evening, with all the questions having a real ale theme.
There will also be a chance to “Meet the Brewer” on Thursday from 8pm, when Stuart Bateman, of Bateman’s Brewery, of Wainfleet, will give a talk and provide samples for visitors to enjoy.
He is the fourth generation of the family of brewers.
Jason said visitors could also take part in a blindfolded tasting game.
He said: “It has been a long time since we had a beer festival in Cleethorpes. Hopefully, we will have another next year and turn it into an annual event and make it bigger and maybe even get other bars involved.
“It was Scunthorpe’s beer festival last week, it’s ours this week and Louth have theirs during next week as well, so it is helping put Cleethorpes on the map.
“At the same time, we are supporting the smaller breweries and it is National Cask Ale Week.”
Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) are entitled to a free pint by obtaining a voucher from their newsletter.
Jason said: “It is becoming quite fashionable again to enjoy real ales. More and more people are coming back to it.
“We will be offering a warm welcome and quality beers throughout the ten days and hopefully it will be a busy festival.”
Regular and Camra member Malcolm Morland said: “A beer festival is a great British tradition. This is about supporting local brewers.
“The problem has been the Government’s escalator pushing up the price of a pint, which is already killing off community pubs. The tax is driving people away. The festival gives people the opportunity to make their voice heard and support a local pub.”
Among the ales on tap will be Woodfore’s Wherry, Hook Norton’s Hooky Ale, Oakham Ales’ Citra, Triple FFF’s Alton’s Pride, Crouch Vale Brewers’ Gold, Mighty Oak’s Oscar Wilde Mild and Thornbridge’s Jaipur IPA.
The rack of kegs also includes Skinners’ Betty Stogs bitter, Jennings Sneck-lifter and Purity UBU.
For cider fans, there will be Heck’s Glastonbury port wine and Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley.
The Nottingham is open from noon to midnight weekdays and to 1am at the weekends.