Oundle ale wins beer festival prize

An ale made by an Oundle brewery has been recognised with an award by the organisers of the annual Brigstock Beer Festival.

The Blond Session 3.8 per cent Ale, made by the Nene Valley Brewery, was the winner of last September’s festival.

Dick Simpson, of the Nene Valley Brewery (centre) receives an award for the best beer at last year's Brigstock Beer Festival from members of the festival committee.

Dick Simpson, of the Nene Valley Brewery (centre) receives an award for the best beer at last year's Brigstock Beer Festival from members of the festival committee.

The annual festival, organised by a team of about ten people from the village, raises money for a host of charities and during its eight year run has collected more than £35,000.

Last year’s event alone raised £8,000 and the committee behind the weekend festival chose the Nene Valley Brewery’s beer as the best of the 25 on offer.

They presented an award to Dick Simpson, managing director of the brewery, after being given a tour of the facilities.

Mr Simpson said he was delighted with the award and said he would like to create a one-off beer for festival-goers to sample at this year’s festival, which is on September 21.

The Nene Valley Brewery is based at Oundle Wharf and was set up by a small team of brewers in August 2011.

They brewery opened for organised tours in September 2012, after the building was treated to an extensive refurbishment.

Eventually, the team behind the brewery would like to open a bar/restaurant long the Oundle wharf front.

For more information about the Brigstock Beer Festival, visit www.brigstockbeerfestival.com. The Nene Valley Brewery’s website is at www.nenevalleybrewery.com.