Drink to her Majesty's health at Bracknell Ale FestBy Hugh Fort
May 31, 2012
Football fans and beer lovers alike can get on the ale trail and support Bracknell’s Football Club over the Jubilee weekend.
Bracknell Town Football Club holds its second ale festival on Monday, and organisers Tom Canning and Michael Keen promise it will be bigger and better than ever before.
The event now features a selection of beers from nine brewers around the South of England, including Bingham’s in Twyford, Rebellion in Marlow, and Windsor and Eton Brewery. The organisers will also announce three ‘mystery’ ales from further afield on the day.
For those not so keen on frothy beer, there will be a range of locally-produced wines available from Lynda Harvey of TheWinePlace in Wokingham.
And what better on a summer’s day than a refreshing cider?
Well, the Bracknell Ale Fest will have not one but two guest ciders on sale from the wonderfully-named Tutts Clump Cider in Bradfield, West Berkshire. The club’s bar will also be selling the usual range of lagers and alcopops to ensure all tastes are catered for.
Beer and burgers are a well-known culinary combo, and the club’s junior players will be the meat-masters in charge of a barbecue.
As the pints slip down, there will be an opportunity for dancing later, with three local music acts playing.
First up will be Bracknell-based duo Marcia and Matt. The performers met at a wedding four months ago and Marcia provides the vocals while Matt plays guitar and piano. They will perform a range of covers from Dusty Springfield to Pink.
Next in the line-up is the band with possibly the best name in Berkshire – Darth Vader’s Luggage.
Clearly inspired by the Star Wars baddie’s choice of holiday gear, they are Kevin Myers on guitar and vocals, Kevin Delaney on guitar and vocals, Sean Waite on bass, and Martin Pring on drums.
The band have been jamming together for a while, but the ale festival is their first ever gig.
They will be playing a range of acoustic rock, indie and pop covers for the crowd at the festival.
The last act is Cat O’Connor, a local singer who is working on producing her first EP.
Tom said: “We can’t wait. We’re really proud of what we’ve done and we hope the weather is good on the day. If it’s not we’ll just carry on to make sure everyone has a great day and has their fill of ale.”
Entrance is £3, or £1.50 for club members, members of CAMRA and members of Bracknell Rugby Club.
For more information visit www.bracknellalefestival.co.uk