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Hello to Mr A – Rochdale brewer unveils new festival beer

01 August 2019

A serving team is a pub.

The official beer for this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.

'Mr A', inspired by the name of main stage act The Hoosiers' top 4 single 'Goodbye Mr A', is a limited edition 3.8 per cent pale ale. Brewed by Rochdale-based Serious Brewing Company, it's packed with flavour and is sure to be a summer hit.

The festival beer will be available on draught from Friday, 9 August 2019 at The Flying Horse Hotel, The Baum, The Old Post Office in Castleton, The Bird at Birtle, The Cemetery Hotel, The Church Inn, Spotland Social Club, Owd Betts, and the Crown Inn at Bacup.

'Excited to be brewing the official beer'

Husband and wife duo Ken and Jenny Lynch opened their artisan micro-brewery in 2015 and it's the 4th time they've brewed an official Feel Good Festival tipple. The growing business supplies over 50 pubs in the north of England and via distributors nationwide including London and Cardiff. On the 1st Saturday of every month they also serve their own beers to the public at the brewery on Fieldhouse Road in Rochdale which is proving popular.

Last year over 1,700 pints of the official beer were consumed and Jenny Lynch from The Serious Brewing Company said she's excited about 2019:

"We really look forward to the Feel Good Festival each year. It's a brilliant event with a great atmosphere and a favourite with many of our customers so we are excited to be brewing the official beer again."

The Mr A beer tap.  

The song 'Goodbye Mr A' from The Hoosiers debut album 'The Trick To Life' was a big hit for The Hoosiers in 2007, created in memory of frontman Irwin Sparkes' secondary school teacher Jonathan Anderton. It was a very well-played track on UK radio that year and has since featured in numerous film and television programmes.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Saturday, 10 August 2019 with live music across indoor venues, a main stage, a Family Zone as well as quality food and drink.

This year playing the main stage will be headliner The Coral, pop/rock band The Hoosiers, rock 'n' roll band Alias Kid, northern soul maestros The Northern SoulTrain, new singer/songwriter Ione, Caribbean pop act The Curious Incident, Rochdale country rockers Between The Vines, singer/songwriter Megan Dixon Hood and children's favourite Mr Bloom and his band.

The festival is funded by us together with sponsorship from local businesses, including digital media partner O2 Rochdale, The Flying Horse Hotel, The Royal Toby, Hopwood Hall College, Premier Kia, Recycle for Greater Manchester and Metrolink