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Try a Pint of the Very Merry Mayor in Eastbourne
Visitors to one of the south coast’s biggest celebrations of real ale will be able to order a pint of the Very Merry Mayor this October as Beachy Head Brewery donate a cask of their brand new ale to support the Mayor of Eastbourne’s charities.
Eastbourne Beer Festival returns to the Winter Garden for the eighth year next month from 7-9 October and with tickets already flying out the door with Friday night and Saturday night sold out, festival fans will have the chance to sample a new addition to the menu for 2010, the Very Merry Mayor.

The ale is specially named for the event and is actually Beachy Head Brewery’s new South Down’s Ale, being launched at the Beer Festival with all profits going to the Mayor’s charities, the Eastbourne YMCA and Young Carers.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “I am very excited to have my own special ale on the menu at the Beer Festival this year and would like to thank Beachy Head Brewery for donating a cask of their brand new brew for this. With such a wide variety of ales on the menu for 2010, I hope visitors will take the chance to try my Very Merry Mayor ale and support my charities at the same time. If anyone hasn’t got their Beer Festival tickets yet, there is still chance to buy for Thursday and Saturday day time so I’d encourage real ale lovers to get in quick!”

The Beachy Head Brewery will also have its popular and award-winning Legless Rambler and Original Ales at the Festival and in the autumn will be releasing the new South Downs Ale at 4.4% ABV in bottles and casks, which has been brewed to celebrate the South Downs becoming a National Park. Details of the Pubs and Inns selling Beachy Head Ale are available at

The Mayor of Eastbourne will be at the event on the Saturday to enjoy a drop of her Very Merry Mayor ale and join the Long Man Morris for a master class in Morris dancing.

The Long Man Morris will perform just after lunchtime during the Saturday day session, before leading a master class from 2pm – 3pm when festival fans can get on their feet and have a go at the tradition alongside the Mayor. During the day on Saturday visitors can also see the Band of Two and take part in the Big Pub Quiz.

Charlie Davies-Gilbert from Beachy Head Brewery said “The Eastbourne Beer Festival is important to a lot of Breweries but none more so than our very own Beachy Head Brewery, winner of the Best Micro Brewery Beer at the 2008 Festival. Since then the brewery has gone from strength to strength and for this year, the Beachy Head Brewery has teamed up with the Mayor of Eastbourne to produce and donate a beer which will be exclusively on sale for this year’s festival. So what better name to call it than “The Very Merry Mayor”, obviously the YMCA and Young Helpers hope you’ll drink Heaps of it.”

More than 120 real ales will be on the menu at this year’s festival, with bottled beers from around the world, fine wines, ciders and perries also available.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday night have already sold out but there is still chance to book for Thursday evening and the Saturday day session, when awards for the best beers will be presented.

With a 2 for 1 offer available for the first festival session on Thursday evening, it’s a great opportunity to get first dibs on the fresh casks of ale with two tickets costing just £4.50.

For more information on this year’s event or to buy tickets go to or call 01323 412000.

Entertainment at this year’s Beer Festival:

Thursday 7th October, from 6pm -11pm:
Ragati Band, Howlin’ Blues, King Size Slim

Friday 8th October, from 6pm -11pm:
The Tar Babies, Marcella Aldous

Saturday 9th October, from 11am-4pm:
Band of Two, Long Man Morris, Morris Master Class, Big Pub Quiz

Saturday 9th October, from 6pm-11pm:
The Lucky Ones, Howlin’ Blues & friends, Beve and The Beetroots
01 October, 2010

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