Dean to pull pints at beer festival

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, and Water Rat landlord Rick Jones. (S)
The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, and Water Rat landlord Rick Jones. (S)

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, will be helping to pull pints when the Cathedral Beer Festival is held on Bank Holiday Monday.

He has been getting in practice before the big day, which takes place at the deer park on the corner of Bondgate Green and High St Agnesgate from 11.30am-5pm, with help from Rick Jones, landlord of the Water Rat pub, who has been showing the Dean the art of pulling the perfect pint.

A cathedral spokesman said: “Come along and enjoy live music, great beers and delicious hot food. There is something for all the family including a bouncy castle, face painting and a craft table for the children.”

Ripon Cathedral’s 2015 beer festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will feature a selection of 47 different northern ales and will include Hambleton Ales, Wold Top Bitter, Rudgate Jorvik Blonde, Roosters, Yorkshire Heart Rhubarbeer, Timothy Taylor’s, Theakston’s, Five Towns Brewery, Galaxy from York Brewery, Classic Blonde from Clark’s and lots more.

The ever popular Old Sleningford local cider will be on sale along with Pimms, wine and soft drinks.

The day will also feature live music from Two Well Worn singing duo, King Courgette, Roosters, and Nine Bar Bands .

Hambleton Ales in Melmerby and Rick Jones from the Water Rat are once again supporting this year’s event by taking delivery of the beers from breweries from all over Yorkshire. The event has been sponsored by CNG commercial gas suppliers of Harrogate while the Express Group in Ripon are this year’s beer festival partner.

The cathedral spokesman said: “Many other local businesses have generously supported this community fundraising event, with a view to raising more funds towards the £5m target for the cathedral’s Music Trust.

“The Music Trust aims to secure the future of music at the cathedral for future generations. Since the launch of the Trust, over £500,000 has been raised.”

Entrance to the beer festival is adults £3.50, which includes entry and a chance to win a luxury Yorkshire Food and Drink Hamper donated by The Deli On Duck Hill of Ripon.

Admission to the festival for children is free.