A thirst for Rugby: CAMRA serves up Roman recipe

Pre-pic''Thornfield Bowling Club are to host a beer festival this weeken.''Pictured: Steve Lenton & Kevin Quealy.
Pre-pic''Thornfield Bowling Club are to host a beer festival this weeken.''Pictured: Steve Lenton & Kevin Quealy.

DRINKERS will be able to glug down a world exclusive tomorrow at the opening of CAMRA Rugby’s 28th beer festival.

The star of the two day festival will be a speciality beer brewed from spelt, which the Romans used in beer before wheat.

It will be the first time spelt beer has been brewed into a real ale.

The event, hosted by Thornfield Bowls club, near the Ken Marriot Leisure Centre, will also offer an array of 50 other types of ales and ciders.

Steve Heighton, of the Rugby branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: “This is a massive first for the festival to have a brand new beer that hasn’t been brewed as a real ale before. We also have over 15 beers that have been brewed within 20 miles of Rugby as real ale production steadily increases”

He added: “With it being midsummer the other big feature we have is real ciders and perries, from Kent, Hereford and Worcester and special ciders from Warwickshire. We are also holding the West Midlands Golden Beer of the Year contest.”

The festival, which will raise money for Warwickshire’s air ambulance, will be open between 3pm and 11pm tomorrow (Friday) and 11am to 11pm on Saturday.