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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Brewer heading up beer festival fun

ROLL out the barrel! Organisers are getting ready for next week’s Workington beer festival.

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BEER CHEER: Graeme Mitchell, of Workington’s Mitchell Krause Brewing

And who better than Workington brewer Graeme Mitchell to take centre stage at Oktoberfest?

Mr Mitchell, of Mitchell Krause Brewing at Calva Farm, has been involved in the festival from the start.

But this year’s event, from Thursday to Saturday in the Carnegie Theatre, will be the first time beer brewed in the town will be on sale.

Festival organiser Workington Rotary Club also plans to run tours of the brewery, where people can sample the beers fresh off the production line.

Mr Mitchell said: “I have brewed it myself. Now I can put my hand on my heart and say ‘that’s Workington beer!’

“I have always said the town deserves a brewery and I’m delighted that I’m the one who has been able to bring it back.”

John Head, Workington Rotary’s community services chairman, said: “It will include music, food and a selection of beers, wines and lagers. We want to entertain the town.”

Theakston Brewery has sponsored the event, which will present an opportunity to raise not only glasses but money for local charities.

Last year’s festival raised £5,250, which was pooled with other money raised through the club and spent on local causes.

Thursday’s musical entertainment will include the Ritz Duo plus supporting artists.

On Friday, The Pleasers will perform the sounds of the 60s and there will also be performances from keyboard vocalist Dan Burnett.

Saturday night will feature performances from Phil Middleton, Buzz Elliott and Mike Simpson.

New this year will be barrel-raising competitions in which customers can win prizes by trying their hand at the ancient cooper’s craft. There will also be demonstrations from Theakston’s cooper Jonathan Manby.

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