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Sunfest: Beer festival returns to the Rising Sun

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Sunfest at The Rising Sun returns from 11 to 14 July.

The Rising Sun is hosting the 13th edition of its beer festival Sunfest this weekend.

Pub owners Abbeydale Brewery are launching a new lager at the event. 'Heresy' is the first lager Abbeydale have added to their permanent range of beers in their 23 year history.

It'll be available on keg and in 440ml cans, and will feature new artwork from designer James Murphy.

We've had the name Heresy in mind for our lager since our beginnings in 1996

"It's about being able to offer something we produce to absolutely everyone," said brewery director Dan Baxter.

"Recipe development, including extensive staff training, has been underway for many months, which was definitely time well spent."

The Sheffield-based brewery describe Heresy as a continental lager with "a clean and crisp flavour coupled with a refreshing finish."

The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Abbeydale's reputation for cask beer.

"We've had the name Heresy in mind for our lager since our beginnings in 1996 and have been saving it ever since, so it's very exciting for us to see that the name finally has a lager to belong to!" said brewery owner Sue Morton.

Sunfest takes place from 11 to 14 July at The Rising Sun in Nether Green. The four day festival will feature hundreds of beers on cask and keg, as well as food from local traders and live entertainment.

Sam Gregory

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Abbeydale Brewery's new 'Heresy' lager.

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