Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Popular beer festival aims to raise thousands for charity

BEER lovers across the region will be chin-chinning for charity as they savour an assortment of beers, ciders and perries during a three night festival.
Chester Grosvenor Round Table's annual charity beer festival is set to take place from Thursday to Saturday, May 15-17, at Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane.

The Round Table group, based at the Mill Hotel, Milton Street, Chester, provide a mix of social events throughout the year and will be celebrating their 20th beer festival with the support of local companies and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Event organiser Richard Charlton said: "The Friday is very popular and last year drew in 700 people with 600 on the Saturday and 400 on the Thursday.

"The more tickets we can sell, the more we can make for our charities."

Last year the Round Table raised £10,000 and cash raised from the three day festival will be donated to Chester-based charity Miles of Smiles and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

The popular event often proves a sellout, and with tickets going on sale as early as last week, the Round Table has promised to donate £750 to Miles of Smiles, whose volunteers take poorly children on special holidays abroad.

Barrels are sponsored by up to 30 local companies and presented in a wooden-floored marquee with more than 70 beers selected by CAMRA, alongside about 20 ciders and perries.

Richard added: "There'll be a bus service, sponsored by the Duke of Westminster, going from the Town Hall, via Chester Train Station, to the rugby club.

"There will also be three or four local bands entertaining drinkers and CAMRA will be bringing traditional games like skittles and darts."

Tickets cost: Thursday £5; Friday, £8; Saturday, £7. Visit the Mill Hotel or call Richard on 078794 875 221 for details.

Flintshire Standard

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