Colin Cooper’s exit from Hartlepool United inspires name of new beer

John Rogers (third from right) who picked the winning beer name, with Hartlepool Round Tablers and 41 Club members Kevin Cox, James Black, Derek Wheatley, Allan Wise and Glenn Edmenson

John Rogers (third from right) who picked the winning beer name, with Hartlepool Round Tablers and 41 Club members Kevin Cox, James Black, Derek Wheatley, Allan Wise and Glenn Edmenson

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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.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper during the game against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper during the game against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID

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.