John Wood

A man of Real ale, cider and Morris Dancing – a legend passes on.
John Wood, a stalwart of the Rutland CAMRA branch has gone to the great brewery in the sky. His funeral was on Wednesday 8th of February at Belton in Rutland, Belton There were over 60 Morris dancers and members of CAMRA from many parts of the East Midlands
A colourful, larger – never lager – than life character who was at the forefront of real ale production in the Country. He established Oakham Ales, in Oakham in 1995 and soon a beer was launched that has become one of the most recognised reals ales available today – Jeffery Hudson Bitter (JHB). This was soon followed by another of John’s successful brews – Bishop’s Farewell – brewed to commemorate the departure of the Bishop of Peterborough. A firkin of JHB was supplied at John’s Wake as a token of their regards. The Wake also saw 18 Morris dancers pounding their sticks on the floor and songs and tales were also a tribute to “The Woodster”
John’s tipple of choice was real cider and he extolled its virtues at the drop of his Morris Dancers top hat. John was a member of the Rutland Morris Band where with his striking white hair and beard was easily recognisable.
Rutland CAMRA will name its cider bar, Woodsters, in tribute to John at their festival in Oakham 28th Jun to 1st July where many a tankard will be raised. It is hoped Oakham Ales will produce a special in his name.
He will be very missed by so many people in Rutland and across the UK.
John Whowell Chairman Rutland CAMRA Branch

Pic shows: l-r Jon Whowell, Chairman Rutland CAMRA; John Wood, Beer Royalty