Organisers have raised a glass to toast the announcement of the town’s very first summer beer festival booked in to take place later this month (July) in a defrightful venue with a difference.
St Helens Summer Beer Festival takes over Mill Street Barracks on Friday 28 July (6pm – 11pm) and Saturday 29 July (2pm – 11pm), with the venue considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country.
There will be ales, ciders, food, and live entertainment – and for the first time a selection of gins and bottles of prosecco – not forgetting other spirits!
Event organiser, Gary Wright – head brewer of Rainford’s George Wright Brewery and co-owner of the hugely successful real ale pub, The Talbot in St Helens town centre – said:
“The St Helens Beer Festival will see 30 real ales featuring a stunning selection of local, regional and national award winning breweries. We will have a great range of real ale favourites plus some surprise beers and rare selections we have been able to bring especially for the festival. Breweries will include: Vocation Brewery; Sara Hughes Brewery; Abbeydale Brewery and Mordue Brewery, to name just a few! “
“Last November’s sell-out event was excellent and raised a lot of money for the Steve Prescott Foundation – so it is very exciting to be leading the first St Helens Summer Beer Festival this year and it promises to be our biggest festival yet.”
Martin Blondel, speaking on behalf of the Steve Prescott Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be part of this great event again. Last November’s event was a phenomenal atmosphere throughout the weekend and I’m sure this year will be just as good – if not better!
“Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen!”
Speaking at the promo event, Councillor Joe Pearson, Mayor of St Helens, added: “The St Helens Summer Beer Festival is a fantastic new event which provides us with a great profile, increased footfall and spend within the town centre. Mill Street Barracks is a perfect venue for this event and the council will be working closely with the event organisers and local event partners such as St Helens CAMRA to make the event a great success and raise much needed monies for the Steve Prescott Foundation.
“It is fantastic that Gary Wright is leading these hugely successful events as he brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the brewing industry to provide the very best real ales for the event in St Helens town centre.”
The Steve Prescott Foundation is looking for beer barrel sponsorship at £150 a barrel which includes four free entry tickets (to both the St Helens Summer Beer Festival and St Helens Beer Festival on Friday 24 November & Saturday 25 November in St Helens Town Hall), advertising in the two event programmes and a glass of George Wright’s “Man Of Steel” – specially commissioned in recognition of the amazing charity work of Steve Prescott – to each of the entrants.
Tickets are £4 (includes entrance, glass and programme) and are available online via www.eventbrite.co.uk or from The Talbot, Duke Street, St Helens.