A festival of beer and fun at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club

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.

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REAL ale fans will be encouraged to raise a glass with a Hartlepool rugby club when it holds its second beer festival this weekend.

Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club says the two-day event will be bigger and better than last year.

It takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the club on West View Road, when there will be activities and drinks for people of all ages.

Around 20 choice ales and ciders have been specially selected to tempt visitors.

And there will be a rugby match to enjoy, children’s entertainment to keep the young ones busy, and live music.

Proceeds from the day will help support the community club.

Beer festival organiser Mick Brough said: “This is the second festival we have had, we had one last year which was very successful.

“We have got some thing like 18 different ales and ciders.

“This one is huge compared to last year which was a learning curve.

“It will be a great weekend.”

Local ale expert Jim Kerr, the ex general manager of Castle Eden Brewery has chosen the beers for the weekend.

He was named Brewer of the Year in 1998.

Mick added: “They will be kept in a cellar as well so they will be the perfect temperature.

“We have also got all sorts of other things going on as well including a rugby game with Middlesbrough on the Saturday, 12 different music groups and a disco.”

The festival is on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm till late.

Tickets cost £10 and include four free beer tokens and your own pint glass to sample the ales on offer.

A barbecue will also be fired up to feed hungry drinkers and there will be selected wines on offer too.

The event will kick off with a private preview for sponsors on Friday night.