The 14th Sandgrounder Beer Festival 2013 Licensee Awards October 22nd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments “Mike Perkins, Press Officer and local CAMRA veteran reported that the The 14th Sandgrounder Beer Festival run by the Southport & West Lancs Branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) took place last week at the St John’s Ambulance Hall near Southport station. This was a great location for the festival and attracted a good response from those keen to sample the 60+ real ales and 10 ciders and perries on offer. A selection of fruit wines was also provided for those with other tastes. The Branch made a number of awards on the Thursday evening to licensees and bar staff for the excellent range of services they provided over the last year. Special awards were also given to best pubs in categories of Country Pub, Community Pub and Newcomer”. A range of tasty pub type bar snacks were provided, and musical events by Lunchtime Legends and the Ormskirk Ukulele band gave a touch of musical individuality to the event. Volunteer instrument players also gave a nice personal theme for the occasion. Many local traders sponsored the event and the branch particularly thank the Burscough Brewery and Brunning and Price amongst many others who gave financial support. Finally thanks to all the CAMRA members from all over who volunteered to help plan and run the event without any payment received, without whom the event could not take place. The branch now look forward to the 15th Beer Festival next year.” CAMRA Southport & West lancs Licensee Awards October 2013 Licensees Of Excellence Eddie Loftus – Fishermans Rest, Birkdale Steve Gregory/Simon Cox – Freshfield, Formby Gail Heyes – Guest House, Southport Mike McCombe – Hop Vine, Burscough Peter Bardsley – Inn Beer Shop, Southport Best Country Pub Ship Lathom – Ray McKintey & Dave Coyle Best Community Pub Dennis Rowley & Karen Arrowsmith – Zetland, Southport Best Newcomer Will McCombe – Hop Inn Bier Shop, Ormskirk Best Bar Persons James Cox – Disraeli’s, Ormskirk Adam Clark – Freshfield, Formby Keris Halsall – Hopvine, Burscough Special Awards To Celebrate Fifty Years In The Licensed Trade Fred Hook – Guest House, Southport Special Award For Outstanding Service To Promoting Real Ale Joe and Janette Anderson – formerly of Lakeside Inn, Southport. Related Comments comments!