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Special Brew will toast Rutland's 20th Anniversary

Date Published: 03 March 2017
The Grainstore

The Grainstore Brewery is producing a special anniversary ale as part of celebrations to mark two decades of independence for Rutland.

April will see the 20th anniversary of Rutland regaining its status as an independent county, having been a district of Leicestershire from 1974 until 1997.

The special brew forms part of the County’s official 20th anniversary celebrations, which take place at Oakham Castle on Saturday 1st April.

“We wanted to play our part in what’s going to be a really special occasion for Rutland. We produced a special ale when the county regained its independence back in 1997 so we thought it would be fitting to brew another 20 years on. We produce around a dozen different beers at any one time and around 30 throughout the year but this one is obviously going to be a bit special. We’re aiming for a golden beer that’s fresh and hoppy with some citrus notes and will be a small tribute to Rutland’s fantastic tradition of producing outstanding local food and drink.”
Peter Atkinson, Co-founder and Director of The Grainstore

The Grainstore is the oldest brewery in the county and produces more than 2,000 gallons of beer every week – selling to customers around Rutland and throughout the UK.

The Grainstore has produced other commemorative beers in the past, including ‘Rutland Welcome’ to mark the visit of Prince Charles to the county in 2003, and is asking for help from members of the public to name their special anniversary ale.

People can find out how to enter the competition to name Rutland’s anniversary ale by tuning into Rutland Radio from Saturday 4th until Friday 10th March. 

“Brewing the beer is the easy part. The hardest thing to do is pick a name so we thought we would open it out to members of the public and ask for their suggestions. It has to be something that’s short, snappy and relevant to Rutland. This will be the actual name for the beer and will be used on pump clips, labels and beer mats once the brewing process is done.”
Peter Atkinson

You can also share your suggestions on social media using the hashtag #rutlandale. The finished beer will then go into the final stages of production ahead of the anniversary celebrations at Oakham Castle Saturday 1st April.

Celebrations get underway at the Castle from 11am with live music and entertainment, food and drink and displays from local Army regiments. There will also be exhibitions of film and photographs at the Castle and Victoria Hall throughout the day.

Other activities taking place on Saturday include a children’s fun run at Rutland Showground, raising money in aid of local charity For Rutland, and an evening concert by Rutland Choral Society at All Saints Church. 

The whole day will be brought to close with beacon lighting in Cutts Close, followed by a free family fireworks display from 9pm. Local communities can also get involved by hosting their own anniversary celebrations throughout the month of April.

“The 20th anniversary is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together and celebrate everything that’s great about living in Rutland. Our return to independence was hard won thanks to the passion and determination of local residents. We want the anniversary celebrations to capture this sense of pride and community spirit and hope that as many people as possible will join us on the day.”
Councillor Kenneth Bool, Chairman of Rutland County Council

Share what you love about living in Rutland by submitting a short video for Rutland’s 20th anniversary film exhibition. Find out more by visiting the Oakham Castle website.

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