THE exit of Pools’ boss Colin Cooper is the inspiration behind the name of a new beer.
Town taxi driver John Rogers came up with the title Cooper’s Release for the ale – one of 50 being served at Hartlepool Beer Festival.
And it was a Carlisle United fan who picked the winner, after Hartlepool United’s boss quit at the weekend after his side’s 3-0 defeat against the Cumbrians.
The festival is being run by Hartlepool Round Table, which ran a competition to name one of two beers specially brewed for the event by Camerons.
Round Table vice-chairman James Black said: “We had over thirty entrants from ‘Troll Snot’ to ‘Dr Dink’s Medicinal Drink’ and many we couldn’t print. But it was a fun competition and people seemed to embrace it.
“Martin Scarborough, Round Table chairman, chose the winning entry due to his roots as a Carlisle fan after Colin Cooper resigned after the Pools v Carlisle game.”
The festival runs today from 6pm, with a Killers tribute act, and from 6pm tomorrow, with an Abba tribute. There is also a “beer-only” session tomorrow from noon.
John, 47, a dad-of-one of Seaton, who was the first to drink the special beer, won two tickets for tonight’s session, said: “The beer’s quite nice. I chose the name because of Cooper being released from Pools, but looking into it, coopers used to make barrels, so there’s another meaning.”
Tickets are £12.50 on the door but a £2.50 discount is available at www.hartlepoolbeerfestival.co.uk until noon today.
Hartlepool Families First and Hartlepool Carers are the main beneficiaries this year.