BUDSTOCK will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in style – by toasting its double-decade success with its own specially-brewed festival beer.
BUDSTOCK will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in style - by toasting its double-decade success with its own specially-brewed festival beer.
Brewed specially for the occasion, bottles of Budstock Ale have been commissioned by Budleigh Salterton off-licence Threshers in honour of the ever-growing outdoor, day-long live music event - this year held on Saturday, August 1, in the Lime Kiln car park.
Threshers' franchisee Mike Reid said he had always planned to mark the anniversary with a specially-made tipple.
But with just 900 bottles of the 4.8 per cent ale brewed, stocks are limited and you could have to wait until 2011 - in the bi-annual tradition of Budstock - to again drink in the festival spirit.
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Budstock fans buying a �2.50 bottle from Threshers, or The Feathers Hotel, ahead of the event could find they have a collectable item on their hands because the green-labelled bottle is for 2009 only.
Mr Reid said: "The event has become something special for Budleigh Salterton. This is the first commissioned ale for the town. I am confident it will sell on the day.
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"This will be a one-off label so it will be a collectors' item. Next time it will have a different coloured label."
Budstock organiser Joe Holroyd said: "It's very smooth and goes down a bit too easily!
"It's a real honour to have specially-commissioned ale. It's fantastic and in the spirit of the event.
"I am excited and nervous about this year's event. Hopefully, the weather is going to be good.
"If there are a few showers, it won't be a problem because we have some cover."
Budstock promises to be a musical extravaganza.
This year's line-up includes Chris Stuckey, who has replaced Kolo on the main stage, and Joe Holroyd's band Akibas.
On Tob's stage - named in memory of Joe's brother, Toby - are performances by Clowns, Tandy Hardy, Ono Palindromes and Thirty Pounds of Bone, among others.