Greene King surprises CAMRA festival winner with 50th birthday bottle of Abbot Ale

Paul Merrill, left, and Craig Bennett

Paul Merrill, left, and Craig Bennett - Credit: Archant

A beer enthusiast has received a surprise treat after he won a private visit of the Westgate brewery, in Bury St Edmunds, with Greene King’s master brewer.

Paul Merrill, of West Row, correctly guessed Ernest as the hops in an unnamed beer during a Greene King competition at the recent East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival which was held in the town.

He took up his prize of a private behind-the-scenes tour and beer tasting with brewer Craig Bennett, choosing his 50th birthday to visit.

The team at Greene King decided to make his visit extra special and presented him with a limited edition bottle of Abbot Ale complete with his own name on the label.

Mr Merrill said: “Receiving the personalised Abbot Ale bottle was such a fantastic surprise and I will treasure it as a keepsake. I’m a regular beer festival goer but it was my first time visiting the Westgate brewery.

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“I was really impressed and Craig was incredibly knowledgeable so I learnt a lot from the visit. I’d recommend the tour and tasting to anyone visiting Bury St Edmunds. It was such a great way to celebrate my birthday.”

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