IT WAS cheers all the way as the newly-revived Hucknall Beer Festival proved a tipplers’ triumph.
The eagerly-awaited three-day event took place at the John Godber Centre on Hucknall’s Ogle Street.
Centre manager Kim Pears said she was delighted with the success of the festival, which was her first since she took charge at the venue.
To avoid a repeat of last year’s shambles, when the organisers ran out of beer halfway through, the amount of ale available was doubled this year.
Kim said she did not normally drink beer but had been ‘converted’ as a result of trying out one of the brews on offer, Little Tick, from the Wentwell Brewery, of Derby.
Other breweries represented were from as far afield as Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, while beers had such quaint names as Pig In A Pin, Snowdrop and Land Of Hop And Glory.
About 40 different drinks could be enjoyed. They included a selection of ciders and an Eric Coates triple perry from Torkard Cider, of Hucknall. This was in honour of the famous Hucknall-born composer and it was made from pears which had been collected in the town,
A highlight of the festival came on the Saturday night when there was entertainment by the band, No Fixed Abode. They performed to a full house, which was a big contrast to their appearance last year when they had an audience of only 12 because the beer had run out!
Kim said she was grateful for support from the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) and other volunteers to help run the event, including members of Hucknall Rotary Club and Hucknall Round Table.
An added attraction on the Friday was a farmers’ market, which included a pie stall and a craft fair.
MEANWHILE, at Bulwell’s first beer festival, held at the William Peverel pub on Main Street, the name chosen for a special local brew featured in last week’s Dispatch has been announced as Bulwell Bog Bitter.