REAL ale fans are preparing to raise a glass – or two – as the annual Doncaster Beer Festival kicks off today!
The event is now in its 21st year and organisers are dubbing it the ‘Twenty Thirst Beer Festival’.
Visitors to The Hub, in Doncaster town centre, between now and Saturday can expect a choice of more than 100 real ales, 25 ciders and perries, plus a large selection of international beers and fruit wines.
Branch Chairman Ian Round said: “In these difficult times, we are celebrating the traditional skills they use and showcasing their products, to try to ensure they have the healthy future they deserve.
“We aim to introduce people to the fantastic brews available and want everybody to come along and see for themselves, as there will be something to suit all tastes.
“From dark stouts, milds and porters to amber ales and pale hoppy beers, designed for the more delicate palate.
“I look forward to seeing real ale fans from all parts of the region, gathered together to enjoy the different styles of beers, at our biggest and best Festival yet.”
This year’s fest will focus on new brews from craft brewers up and down the country.
But local brewers will also be well represented – with ales from the Concertina Club in Mexborough, and the town’s recently opened Imperial Club, on offer.
Entertainment has been arranged for the Friday and Saturday sessions, with top billing going to Sheffield blues band the Robin Hoare Trio, who are booked to appear on Friday night.
Saturday afternoon will see the Hatfield Powerfuel UK brass band perform, with popular local band Strange Triangle, taking to the stage in the evening.
Meet the Brewer sessions will also feature throughout Saturday, giving festival-goers the chance to discover for themselves what takes place in a brewery.
And drinkers will be able to join the Campaign for Real Ale at the event at a special discount rate.
Those who sign up as new members at the festival can also enjoy free entry to the remaining sessions, plus discounts on CAMRA products and reduced admission at other festivals.
Hot food will be served until 9.30pm throughout the three days, and a family area will also be available on Friday and Saturday until 6pm. For ticket information, visit www.doncastercamra.org.uk