Phipps NBC to take over running of Delapre Beer Festival

(L-R) Ian McAulay, Alaric Neville, Councillor David Mackintosh, and Councillor Brandon Eldred. NNL-150114-125314001
(L-R) Ian McAulay, Alaric Neville, Councillor David Mackintosh, and Councillor Brandon Eldred. NNL-150114-125314001

Northampton Borough Council has handed over the organising of this year’s annual Delapre beer festival to Phipps NBC.

In 2013 CAMRA announced it could not support the event and was unable to find an event partner, so the council stepped in to save it.

Around the country many CAMRA beer festivals are run in partnership the area’s largest micro-brewer, so Phipps has agreed to run the event with assistance from CAMRA’s Northamptonshire branch.

Phipps managing director, Alaric Neville, said: “It’s an honour to be able to step in and take on the organisation of the Delapre beer festival.

“It’s also great to have Northants CAMRA assisting us in making the festival the premier showcase for the county’s vibrant brewing scene.”

While Phipps will take care of organising the event, CAMRA will assist with staffing for the bar and running of the local beer competition.

Ian MacAulay, chairman of CAMRA’s Northamptonshire branch, said: “As a branch we are delighted that Phipps NBC will be running the beer festival in 2015, and we are very pleased to have been requested to help staff the bars at the event, and take particular pleasure in being asked to run the ‘Best Beer in Northamptonshire’ competition.”

The 2015 event will take place between May 28 and 30, following with the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “If we hadn’t stepped in to run the beer festival, who knows if whether would ever have been revived.

“It’s fantastic news that Phipps has agreed to organise the event from this year, and what better partner than CAMRA to ensure it continues to have a stable future?”

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Cabinet member for community engagement, said: “These kinds of events help create a sense of community, and they are always extremely well supported.

“You only have to look at how many people took part in the recent festival of Christmas songs and carols in Market Square to see how much they are enjoyed.

“Our team of volunteers from the borough council did a fantastic job with the beer festival in the past two years, and I’d like to thank them all for their efforts.”