Beer and religion make for unlikely bedfellows – yet one Bradford vicar is doing his best to bring them together.
Rev Graeme Dutton, minister of the Bradford South Methodist Circuit, held an Easter Sunday service at the Bradford Brewery, when he also blessed some barrels of locally brewed ale before they were distributed to pubs in the area.
From next Monday Dutton will start The Vicar’s Inn, when he will be available in the brewery’s Brewfactory for anyone who wants to chat.
Dutton, a keen real ale fan, said: “I’m not looking to bother anybody. I will be there so that people can approach me.
“I want them to be able to ask all the questions about church they’ve always wanted to ask but haven’t been able to.”
Dutton has called his mission the St Arnold’s Pub Church ministry, named after patron saint of beer and brewing St Arnold of Metz, making the point that some of the world’s best brewers have been monks.
Dutton added: “I’m very comfortable leading a service in church but I’m just as comfortable sitting on a bar stool chatting to people.”