Northamptonshire beer festival profits to homeless charity and earthquake victims

Profits from this year's Northampton County Beer Festival are due to be handed to two charities after the event raised more money than expected.
Profits from this year's Northampton County Beer Festival are due to be handed to two charities after the event raised more money than expected.
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Organisers of this year’s Northampton County Beer Festival are set to give £2,000 of the event’s profits to charity after visitors surpassed expectations.

More than 9,000 people supped pints at the Delapre Abbey event, which featured 25 brewers, five cider producers, a gin distiller and two vineyards.

A total of 25 brewers attended this year's Northampton County Beer Festival.

A total of 25 brewers attended this year's Northampton County Beer Festival.

But after profits were ‘even more than expected’ from the event, brewery company Phipps NBC has decided to donate £1,000 to the Hope Centre and £1,000 to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which is helping victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Managing director of Phipps NBC, Alaric Neville, said: “We hadn’t expected to make a profit in the first year and so it seems only right for us to make these donations to charity.

“Most people will know about the good work of the Northampton Hope Centre, but we have also chosen to help further afield.”

Mr Neville said the Gurkha Welfare trust was chosen as the second charity after food company The Gurkha Field Kitchen, which had been invited to take a stall at this year’s event, could not attend.

Some of its staff had to return to Nepal to help with the post-earthquake rescue and the rebuilding of their country.

This year’s beer festival also saw Northampton Borough Council waive the £1,500 fee for litter picking, which it says has helped add to the event’s profits.

Phipps NBC ran the festival for the first time this year, taking over the reins from Northampton Borough Council, which had stepped in to run the event two years earlier.

Northants Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which started the event over a quarter of a century ago, was also involved in this year’s planning, staffing and judging in the main beer tent.