Ale set to flow at beer festival

A previous beer festival in the grounds of the cathedral's deer park. (S)
A previous beer festival in the grounds of the cathedral's deer park. (S)
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The ale is set to flow once again when Ripon Cathedral holds its annual beer festival on bank holiday Monday, May 5.

The event, taking place in the grounds of the cathedral from 11.30am-5pm, is helping to raise money towards the cathedral’s £5m target for the its Music Trust.

A cathedral spokesman said: “The Music Trust aims to secure the future of music at the cathedral for future generations, secure and develop the cathedral’s reputation as a major centre of musical excellence, provide accessible musical training through membership of the cathedral choir, to develop an inclusive outreach programme to take musical excellence into the region and to work in partnership with others who share our passion for music.”

Hambleton Ales and The Water Rat pub in Ripon are once again supporting this year’s event by taking delivery of the beers from breweries across Yorkshire.

Ripon Cathedral’s 2014 Beer Festival will feature a selection of 30 different northern ales and will include, Hambleton Ales, Wold Top Bitter, Rudgate Viking Blonde, Roosters, Daleside Bitter, Timothy Taylor’s, Theakston’s, Hamelsworde, a special brew for the Le Tour de France from Five Towns Brewery, Labelskie from York Brewery, Classic Blonde from Clark’s and lots more.

There will also be a local cider, grown and produced at Old Sleningford near 
Ripon.

The spokesman said: “Come along and enjoy live music, great beers and delicious hot food. There is something for all the family including a bouncy castle, face-painting and craft table for the children plus live music from Two Well Worn singing duo, King Courgette band and Richie Schmarler.”

The event has been sponsored by commercial gas supplier CNG of Harrogate. Many other local businesses have also generously supported this community fund raising event.

Entry is £3.50 for adults, this includes entry and a chance to win a Booths Beer Hamper donated by Booths of Ripon.