Multi-CAMRA award-winning landlord Kevin Machin is holding a “War of the Roses” mini beer festival to celebrate 30 years behind the bar at Bedfordshire’s Pub of the Year.

He will serve up/served up  “a few rare brews” from Lancashire and Yorkshire at the Engineers Arms in Henlow, Bedfordshire, between 1-3 November with customers voting for their favourite.

“Both counties have many new breweries promising excellent beer but they’re always arguing who is best” said Machin. “So this seemed the best way of finding out. I’m neutral because I’m a Derbyshire man!”

Former miner Machin, who will be supporting CAMRAs’ “Long Live the Local” campaign during the festival, added: “Drinking culture has changed a lot over my time behind the bar with more than a quarter of young adults now saying they do not drink alcohol.

“Only time will tell whether this trend will continue and I suspect it will be a topic of conversation for many years to come as pubs continue to close at an alarming rate.

“So we need to act together to halt this. People need to support their local pubs, encourage others too, and support the numerous campaigns running.”

The Engineers, which has been listed in every Good Beer Guide for the last 24 years, was named CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year six times and was East Anglia Pub of the Year in 2003.

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