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Best ale judge joins Lions for fundraiser
KNUTSFORD Lions have added a World Beer Cup judge to their ranks and his first contribution will be a charity ale and food fundraiser next month.
Paul Buttrick, former head brewer of Boddington’s Brewery, has arranged the event at Toft Cricket Club on Saturday, November 16.
Paul has hosted successful beer and food tasting nights in the past and the Lions’ event, which supports Cross Roads Care and Vision Aid Overseas, brings together a host of local suppliers.
“The beers are all unusual but accessible,” he explained. “We’ve got a lager, an oat beer, even a Christmas beer and one from Tatton.
“We have some local restaurants and suppliers involved; there are lots of people who have provided food and drink and have donated raffle prizes.
“Vision Aid Overseas is also supported by optometrist Wendy Diddams, based in Knutsford, and she has been out to Africa a number of times to work with charities as an eye specialist, so it’s a charity supported locally and by other Lions clubs as well.”
Paul’s role as a World Cup judge has seen him tasting beers in San Diego, Chicago and Cleveland but he is looking forward to the relaxed nature of Lions’ beer and food fundraiser.
“The World Cup is something I’ve done since 2000,” he added. “It’s the largest beer competition in the world and the next one is in Denver in April.
“They get about 4,000 beers and I probably taste about 150 to 200 over the three days. It’s 9am to 5pm every day and actually very hard work!
“The fundraiser will be a very good night; it’s very relaxed and informal and I’m looking forward to it. It’s not a big corporate do; it’s a low-key, local event and that’s nice.”
Knutsford Lions encourage interested parties to buy tickets quickly as space at the event is limited to 90 people.
Tickets cost £15 and are available from Lions members or Paul at paul.buttrick@ beerdimensions.com and by calling 01565 650381. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
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