‘Pi­rates’ will drink to pieces of eight theme at beer cel­e­bra­tion

Vis­i­tors in fancy dress are ex­pected as The Har­ling­ton plays host to Fleet Beer Fes­ti­val

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

REAL ale lovers are flock­ing to buy ad­vance tick­ets for Fleet’s eighth an­nual beer fes­ti­val next month.

Fleet Lions are promis­ing 40 real ales and ciders at the fes­ti­val, which will be held in The Har­ling­ton on Au­gust 9.

To cel­e­brate its eighth year, the Lions have picked the pi­rate theme Pieces of Eight, with prizes are on of­fer for the best out­fits on the day.

A spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive glass, de­signed by Fleet artist Andy John­son, will also be given to ev­ery drinker.

This year’s fes­ti­val fea­tures two ses­sions – one at lunchtime from 11am to 3pm, and one in the evening from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

There will be 38 dif­fer­ent real ales avail­able from 15 brew­eries, in­clud­ing those from the best lo­cal mi­cro brew­eries in the area. Lo­cally pro­duced ciders will also be sold.

All six of the Mon­ster Rav­ing Loony Party’s range of Co‘ALE’ition ales will be on sale to­gether for the first time, in­clud­ing Long­dog’s Win­ning Co‘ALE’ition, which is now be­ing sold in the Strangers’ Bar at the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Af­ter­noon entertainment will be pro­vided by the Stomp­ing No­mads with their eclec­tic mix of blues, coun­try, skif­fle and blue­grass mu­sic, while the Fleet Booze Hound Blues Band will pro­vide the evening entertainment.

There will also be a bar­be­cue with all the meat sup­plied by Clarks the Butch­ers from Fleet, and fresh rolls from Mor­risons.

Fleet res­i­dent Der­rill Carr, who is help­ing to pub­li­cise this year’s fes­ti­val, said ad­vance tick­ets are sell­ing well.

“Or­gan­is­ers con­fi­dently ex­pect a record at­ten­dance this year, build­ing on the out­stand­ing suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous year which was their first year at The Har­ling­ton,” he said. “The fa­cil­i­ties at The Har­ling­ton, both in­doors and out­doors, are sec­ond to none in the Fleet area and ev­ery­thing is in place to make this the best and most suc­cess­ful Fleet Lions Ale Fes­ti­val so far.”

The of­fi­cial spon­sors are the Ham­mer­pot brew­ery, from Sus­sex, while Chris Gill, of As­cot Ales brew­ery, has been par­tic­u­larly sup­port­ive.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s fes­ti­val will be do­nated to Sail­abil­ity. Based at Fren­sham Ponds, the char­ity gives dis­abled peo­ple the chance to sail and of­fers a range of boat­ing, from ther­a­peu­tic to com­pet­i­tive sail­ing, all within a safe, car­ing and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Daniel Franklin, said: “This is the sec­ond year we’ve held the beer­fest at the larger venue of The Har­ling­ton, which last year re­ally proved it­self in terms of the crowds we can en­ter­tain. And this year I’m con­fi­dently ex­pect­ing even more than the 750 vis­i­tors we had last year – all drink­ing to a re­ally worth­while cause.”

Tick­ets are £7 in ad­vance from www.fleetlions.org.uk/ beer­fest, or £8 on the door.

Get­ting the beers in: Fleet Lions Beer Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers Dan Franklin (left) and Jonathan Hellem with the of­fi­cial award for be­com­ing the first venue to serve all six Mon­ster Rav­ing Loony Party Co‘ALE’ition ales at the same time.

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