Best of the county’s beers showcased this month

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BEERS from the four corners of Northants will be bought together during the second Towcester Beer Festival at the end of this month.

Barrels will be arriving from points around the county compass: two in the north, two in the south, one in the west and one from the county town.

Flying the flag for south Northants will be the Whittlebury Brewery, which has five of its six beers represented at the festival.

Whittlebury Brewery is based in a former dairy in the village, after relocating from South Wales. They still make one of their beers, the aptly named Green Dragon bitter, to the original Welsh recipe.

The festival will be held again at Towcestrians RFC in Towcester and is organised by real ale enthusiasts at the club.

This year it is taking place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday 30 to coincide with the Royal Wedding celebrations.

Organiser Crispin Slee said: ”It is great that we have so many really good beers being produced on our doorstep in Northamptonshire. One of our dads runs a brewery and each year he has the task of selecting the 40 beers for the festival.

“It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!”

The other breweries being showcased at the festival are; Hoggleys in Litchborough is providing a barrel of its light copper coloured ale Reservoir Hogs, Great Oakley Brewery in Great Oakley is sending its mid-golden session beer Wot’s Occurring, Frog Island brewery in Northampton has confirmed its Fire-Bellied Toad for the festival, Potbelly Brewery in Kettering will be represented with five beers and Nobby’s Brewery in Guilsborough has two.

Towcester Beer Festival is now in its second year and combines a sporting festival with a celebration of real ale and traditionally-produced cider.

This year there will be a tug-o-war competition on the Friday, live rugby on the Saturday, BBQ, Hog roast, Ghurka curry and kids entertainment.

Live bands will perform on both nights. The price of a guest pint has been pegged at an inflation-busting £2.50 – the same as it was last year.