Real ale fans are in for a Bank Holiday treat at the Fishermans Arms

Bill Dale(right) of Hartlepool Rovers pictured with fellow beer festival organisers (left to right) Jeff Dale, Mick Brough, Ian Coulson, and Jim Kerr.
Bill Dale(right) of Hartlepool Rovers pictured with fellow beer festival organisers (left to right) Jeff Dale, Mick Brough, Ian Coulson, and Jim Kerr.

AWARD-winning beers, four types of cider, barbecues and live music across two sites.

That’s how ale-lovers can enjoy their Bank Holiday weekend at the Fish and Monkey Beer Festivals.

The Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland, has built quite a reputation with its beer festivals over the last two years.

And now landlord Steve Bell has teamed up with ale expert Jim Kerr to organise two packed events for beer and cider-guzzling residents.

The ale will flow at both Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, and the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, and the organisers are promising that people won’t leave either site disappointed.

“The beers will be absolutely spot on, I can promise that,” said Jim Kerr, who has worked in breweries for 30 years and is now a full-time beer inspector.

“If they aren’t, I will leave the town,” he laughed.

Among the 20 real ales on offer at the rugby club are Elland 1872 Porter, the recent winner of the Champion Beer of Britain, and Mordue Workie Ticket, named the Best Bitter at this year’s Great British Beer Festival while Tiny Rebble Dirty Stop Out, Leeds Funfair and Magic Rock Highwire are just some of the other pints of ale that will be pulled in the popular Fishermans Arms.

Jim, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert and who was named Brewer of the Year in 1998, said: “The Fishermans Arms have a fantastic beer festival and I’m a good friend of Steve’s.

“So instead of organising two separate festivals at the same time, we thought we would do it together, over two sites.

“It’s been a fantastic team effort organising the festivals – we have pulled out all of the stops and I can guarantee people they will have a fantastic time enjoying some top-quality ales and ciders.”

The rugby club will open its doors from 7pm on Friday with The Rockaholics providing the entertainment, while the festival will run from 1pm on Saturday with music performed by Lee Maddison and on Sunday with acts from Red Dreams and an open mic night.

The Fishermans Arms will be open from noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 15 ales on offer and a selection of ciders.

Popular band The Backtrackers will be performing on Sunday in the pub from around 8.30pm.