Make mine a pint!

Simon Chappell holds his pint at the barrel station at the Beer Festival at Doncaster College. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Simon Chappell holds his pint at the barrel station at the Beer Festival at Doncaster College. Picture: Andrew Roe.

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HUNDREDS of real ale fans gathered in Doncaster to raise a glass at the twenty-THIRST beer festival.

The event, held at The Hub, was celebrating its 21st anniversary, and to mark the occasion oragnisers dubbed it the “Twenty Thirst Beer Festival”.

Visitors poured into the festival for the opening day on Thursday, April 14, to sample a choice of more than 100 real ales, 25 ciders and perries, plus a large selection of international beers and fruit wines.

Doncaster CAMRA pubs and clubs officer Bob Kiddle said: “It was a brilliant festival, lots of people came and we actually had record numbers through the gates.

“Most of the beer was gone, but there was still enough of a selection left right up the last session.

“I would like to thank Doncaster College as well for providing us with an excellent venue.”

This year’s fest focused on new brews from craft brewers up and down the country.

Local brewers were also well represented – with ales from the Concertina Club in Mexborough, and the town’s recently opened Imperial Club, on offer.

Doncaster CAMRA member Frank Hoyland, owner of the Imperial Club, said: “It was a great weekend, and we were especially pleased because our three beers were among the first to sell out.

“The place was packed out for each session.”

The crowds were spoilt for choice for entertainment on the Friday and Saturday with top billing going to Sheffield blues band the Robin Hoare Trio, along with performances from the Hatfield Powerfuel UK brass band and popular local band Strange Triangle.

Visitors also got to take part in Meet the Brewer sessions throughout Saturday, which gave festival-goers the chance to discover for themselves what takes place in a brewery.