Local brews feature at Reading Real Ale and Jazz FestivalBy Sally Bryant
July 17, 2012
Homegrown beers and ciders will be frothing and bubbling among the barrels at Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival.
Organisers change the selection every year to keep connoisseurs on their toes.
Among the 22 breweries represented are Ascot Ales, Loddon Brewery, Rebellion Beer Company from Marlow and Windsor and Eton Brewery.
Those who favour cider and perry will also find treasures, made from Berkshire’s apples and pears. The Lambourn Valley Cider Company will be bringing along its finest, as will Tutts Clump and Salt Hill Cider from Slough.
The festival promises three golden nights from Thursday whatever the weather – and it’s all in a gigantic marquee so you can just let it rain.
The event is in its 25th year and the big birthday bash has a bill fitting for such a milestone.
The Jive Aces, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, will be getting the whole thing off to a flying start on Thursday, along with Laura B and the Moonlighters. Swing fever and the Red Stripe Band will be making sure everyone has a laid-back Friday, The Old Thumper Jazz Band and Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience are tuning up for the last night, when Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band will also close the festival in their own eccentric and inimitable style.
The three-day celebration is a major fundraiser for Reading Hockey Club, the country’s premier club which has 11 men’s teams and seven ladies’ teams. All the money from the festival will help with initiatives like maintaining the water-based pitch, plans for two new pitches and supporting Olympians and colts development programmes.
If you want to help the club by lifting a pint, sharing the hog roast and enjoying some red-hot jazz, tickets for the Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, event are available online at www.raaj.info/tickets
They are also at 3 Ways Physiotherapy in Headley Road, Woodley, the Black Horse pub in Emmer Green and Hickies Music Store in Friar Street.