Customers will be voting for which beer they want to see on tap

The election will take place at the Walter de Cantelupe, in Kempsey

The election will take place at the Walter de Cantelupe, in Kempsey

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VOTING for the European Elections goes ahead tomorrow, but revellers of a village pub will be taking part in a much different democratic election.

Customers of The Walter de Cantelupe Inn, Kempsey, Worcestershire, will be deciding which beer will be taking a permanent position on the bar.

Representatives from three breweries will be canvassing their ales to the voters at the pub, who will fill out ballot papers and put them in a ballot box for counting.

Martin Lloyd-Morris, owner of the pub who will be acting as returning officer on the night, said: "It's a very unique idea and is thought to be the only one of its kind.

"The idea is for the customers as this is their place where they choose to spend time in.

"We have had a good response and received a number of nominations. Customers were asked which beer they would like to see at the pub and we had beers nominated from all over the country.

"After several months,I whittled these down to three, as they are more local and it makes it more practical.

"Now it's just a case of hoping for a good night and may the best beer win."

The three breweries which have made it to the final round are Cheltenham based Prescott Ales showcasing their drink Hill-Climb, Stoke Lacy based Wye Valley Brewery showcasing Wye Valley Bitter and Worcester-based Pope's Brewing Company showcasing their ale, Hop Market.

As well as canvassing their ales, giving information and history on their ales, they will also be holding sample sessions for people to get a taste of what they are voting for.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, and set to get underway at 8pm.

The winner is set to be declared at around 10.30pm and the winning beer will immediately be on tap. For more information call 01905 820 572.

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