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A boat race with a difference will mark the launch of a new beer in the Lake District.
Teams of canoeists will race in relay along a stretch of Windermere with a pint of Mere Gold on board. The winner will be the first team back that’s not spilled a drop.
The race will finish at Wray Castle where the rowers – and other guests – will be allowed to taste the new beer for the first time.
The event is organised by Windermere Reflections, the body tasked with engaging local communities in protecting the water quality of the lake, on whose behalf the Bowness Bay Brewing Company has created the new tipple. It will mark the mid-point of the three-year partnership programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to increase understanding of environmental issues in the Windermere catchment area.
The race will start around 6pm on Wednesday, June 26, and canoes will be manned by crews from the partner organisations. Boats are being provided by Impact International, the leadership development experts based at Windermere. The organisers hope that spectators will line the western shore of the lake to encourage the paddlers.
Windermere Lake Cruises are providing a free boat for guests from Brockhole, returning from Wray after the party, as part of their Bike Boat service.
Windermere Reflections Programme Manager Liz Davey said: “We are very grateful to Windermere Lake Cruises for enabling us to celebrate our achievements to date in  sustainable-transport style. The National Trust at Wray Castle is also really pleased as they encourage visitors to arrive by boat, bike and bus.”
A reception in the castle will feature the achievements so far of the environmental campaign, with displays, a short film and volunteer awards.
Bowness Bay Brewing is a micro brewery delivering a range of hand-crafted beers using Lake District water. Other beers in their range are named after the steamers that carry passengers up and down the lake – Swan, Swift and Teal.
Ronnie Mullin from Bowness Bay Brewing said: “The idea was to produce a great beer for Windermere Reflections  – and to run some pub quizzes – to encourage locals to get involved in improving the local environment and water quality of our lakes. The result, Mere Gold, is a 3.8% ABV golden ale; the amber malt gives it that golden hue and the flavouring hops give a tropical fruit tang.”
Liz Davey said: “We are really grateful to all the support from our partner organisation and the project Post 2013 – a sustainable Future for Cumbria,  which is  run by the University of Cumbria supported by Cumbria Fells and Dales.”


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