Saint's reputation is ale and hearty
AN OBSCURE Belgian saint who championed the art of beer-making is being honoured with ale next month.
Last year, regulars at The Wine Vaults in Faversham toasted St Arnold, the patron saint of brewing, with a three-day festival.
Landlady of the Preston Street pub Nuala Brenchley-Sayers said: "We had such a good time last year remembering St Arnold we thought we'd make his feast day bigger and better.
"We have 13 beers from the Orkney Islands, Scotland, Wales and every corner of England."
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Among bands appearing during the three-day fest from July 6 to 8 will be Get Carter, The Session, Boneyard Junction, Porch Swing Blues and Positively Negative. Nuala said: "We hope everyone will have a great time and we will have some decent weather to cheer everybody up."
St Arnold encouraged his parishioners in Ghent in the Middle Ages to drink ale because the local water was so contaminated it was killing people. By boiling the water and hops to make beer the lethal impurities were driven out and the Belgian brewing industry began.