Cheers for£800 raise­dat beer­fest

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

Rev­ellers at Rait Beer Fes­ti­val have raised £800 for the in­ten­sive care ward at Ninewells whilst en­joy­ing beers from far and wide.

The fes­ti­val took place at Rait’s An­nat Hall on Satur­day, Au­gust 26, how­ever the ex­cel­lent weather saw drinkers turn or­gan­iser Marie Lin­ton’s gar­den into a beer gar­den.

Around 100 peo­ple en­joyed ten beers from across the coun­try, se­lected with the theme of North, South, East and West.

From the North, there was beer from Orkney, from the West, beer from Skye, from the South, beer from Loan­head in Mid­loth­ian and lo­cal beer from Abernyte rep­re­sent­ing the East.

There was also beer from Perth firm In­veral­mond Brew­ery and pub food was supplied by Fair City char­ity Gi­raffe.

De­lighted or­gan­iser Marie said: “It was re­ally sun­ning and there were lots of peo­ple sit­ting out­side - there were around 100 peo­ple there, which isn’t bad con­sid­er­ing there are only 26 houses in Rait!

“Lots of peo­ple came be­cause it meant they could try new beers that they wouldn’t nor­mally be able to, but a lot of folk just came for the craic. It’s a friendly at­mos­phere and al­ways en­joyed.

“There were only four or­gan­is­ers but it was a fan­tas­tic day. There were lots of great raf­fle prizes sent in from brew­ers as well, like T shirts, gift packs and of course plenty of beer!

“We hold the event ev­ery two years and this was the ninth fes­ti­val. The £800 is the most we’ve ever raised and we’ve de­cided to award it to Ward 40 at Ninewells who helped a lo­cal fam­ily ear­lier this year.”

The next fes­ti­val, which will be held in 2019, will be the tenth an­niver­sary of Rait Beer Fes­ti­val, and Marie al­ready has plans to fea­ture the ten most pop­u­lar beers from past fes­ti­vals.

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