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Real ale fans raise their glasses to help charity.

Byline: By Warren Manger

REAL ale enthusiasts raised a glass at a city pub to collect cash for cancer sufferers.

Punters flocked to the Greyhound in Sutton Stop, Longford, over the weekend to sample more than 32 different beers and 10 ciders and enjoy three days of live music.

There were even some highly unusual flavours on offer for the more adventurous including ginger beer, grapefruit ale and even a pint with a hint of bacon.

Landlord Leigh Watts said: "We began holding beer festivals because our pub is very heavily influenced by real ales and we are in the Good Beer Guide.

"It gives people the opportunity to try something they wouldn't normally drink.

"Our regulars all support the beer festivals really well. We get a lot of interest from people travelling along the canal and we even get Dutch, American and Scottish people who are visiting the area and hear about the festival so decide to come along."

Musical entertainment throughout the weekend ranged from Irish "knees-up" music to traditional jazz.

There was also a quiz and a range of games including a sweepstake on the first guest beer to run out.

Organisers of the 10th biannual festival at the Greyhound aimed to raise more than pounds 1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Regular punter Steve White said: "We always like to come down when the beer festival is on."

Fellow drinker Mick Bromage said: "We like to try a few different beers - there have been some very good ones this time, I particularly liked Monsoon and Hurricane."

The Greyhound holds two beer festivals every year, one around St George's Day and another during the summer.

The pub also hosts a range of weekend entertainments, such as falconry displays and ferret roulette.


DS160808BEER3 CHEERS... Regulars Mick Bromage (left), Sam Bromage, Steve White and Arthur Morris. Pictures: Darryl Smith; DS160808BEER1 A PINT COMING UP... Landlord Leigh Watts with real ale barrels at the ready for his thirsty customers.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2008
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