Sunday 2 Sept:
12.30pm Ryhall Fete, Ryhall playing fields
John Wood relaxing in Llangollen, 2015 © Marc Oxley
Rutland Morris paid our tribute to John (and brewing!) on Sunday of the Rutland CAMRA beer festival.
Rutland CAMRA told us that they were premiering a new brew produced by Oakham Ales at their Beer Festival (Thursday 28th June - 1st July) to commemorate the life of John Wood aka 'the Woodster' who passed away earlier this year. John was the founder of 'Oakham Ales' and the deviser of JHB … Jeffrey Hudson Bitter … which went on to be Champion Beer Of Great Britain.
In order to further commemmorate the contribution that John made to the Rutland Morris Men, the beer has a morris related name ('Once to yourself' - a familiar phrase to any Morris Dancer!) and the pump clip features his familiar Topper, which he wore whilst playing the melodeon and fiddle for Rutland Morris.
Dave Casewell, the Beer Festival Organiser, said 'We are delighted to have worked with Oakham Ales on this commemorative beer, which will be a fitting tribute to his contribution to the brewing industry in general, and of course to the Rutland CAMRA branch. Rutland CAMRA poured the first pints on the opening day of our festival, and the cask didn't last!'