Eighteen years ago, two men had a dream to bring real ales from all over the country to the people of Rutland and so, the Annual Rutland Beer Festival was founded.
This month, the next generation of business owners at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham are celebrating its 18th year and are inviting anyone born in August 1999 to celebrate with them at the festival on 24 – 28 August.
The festival will mark the end of the #GrainDays_Summer season with live music, real ales and a barbecue all weekend.
Director Peter Atkinson said: “It’s strange to think the Rutland Beer Festival was founded at the end of the last century and it has grown year on year ever since.
“As we’re in the brewing industry, we couldn’t let a milestone like our 18th festival go unnoticed and it occurred to us that teenagers born in August 1999 will be turning 18 too, so we want to invite them to come and celebrate with us.”
The festival will launch on Thursday 24th August with Rutland Big Band from 8.30pm accompanied by a group of Swing dancers who will be rocking and rolling throughout the evening.
Anyone born in August 1999 can visit the festival with their ID and claim a free pint of real ale.
Throughout the weekend there is an eclectic mix of music from local bands, ranging from acoustic guitar to funk, with Rutland’s own Funk Soul Brother rounding up the acts from 8.30pm on Sunday 27th August.
A barbecue will be served from 4pm on Friday 25th to Sunday evening with the Grainstore’s infamous breakfast available throughout the weekend from 9am – 11.30am and normal menu available on Thursday evening, Friday lunchtime and all-day Monday.
And, of course, there will be plenty of beer.
Peter added: “We’ve split the beer into three sections this year; local, Great British Beer Festival winners and South-West ales.
“We like to concentrate on a different geographic location each year and the South-West is strewn with brilliant breweries that haven’t featured at the Rutland Beer Festival before.
“As a small brewery ourselves, we support as many other local breweries as we can.”
All Summer, visitors to the brewery have been asked to upload their photos to social media using #GrainyDays_Summer to win a selection of prizes donated by breweries taking part in the festival.
Entries can be tagged until 4pm on 24th August when a winner will be chosen at random.
For more information about the 18th Annual Rutland Beer Festival and what’s on over the weekend, visit www.grainstorebrewery.com or search for them on Facebook
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Photo: Grainstore directors Peter Atkinson and William Davis at The Grainstore Brewery
About The Grainstore Brewery:
The Grainstore Brewery Tap opened its doors in September 1995 and today is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in Britain.
The combination of superb beers, brewed on the premises, and a traditional pub setting has proven to be a winner, earning the accolade of The Good Pub Guide ‘Own Brew Pub of the Year’ on no less than four occasions in 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
It was named best pub in Rutland for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, by The Pub and Bar Awards.